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Current Courses

You will need to leave time for one SSLC approved course, 1 4th hour and service.

  • Fourth hour times: 1 hour 15 minutes Monday 3pm  Monday 4:30pm, Tuesday 2:30 pm ,4:00 pm , Wednesday 3pm and 4:30-Thursday 10pm, 1pm and 2:30pm- Friday 11:30 and 12:30 pm.  (register for fourth hour during your registration time.)
  • Service times:  Generally 8-11:20, 2:30-6. 3-6:30 Mon. through Friday. 10-2 on Saturday or Sunday 11-3


Fall 2020 Courses Approved for Pre-Registration

*Justice and Society CRM 3001 - 001  CRN: 22663 Days: TR 10:00 am to 11:15 am Location: TBA Instructors: Thomas M. Arvanites 


Attributes: Core Social Science, Diversity Requirement 1 *This course will allow you access serve at the prison which requires permission from Instructor and Director of Service Learning




**The Good Life:  ETH 2050 - 014  CRN: 23069 sslc students only 25. Days: MW from 3:00 pm to 4:15 Instructors: Allison Covey

For CLAS and VSB students, prerequisites include ACS 1000 and ACS 1001; Additional prerequisites include THL 1000 and PHI 1000, one of which may be taken concurrently with ETH 2050; Only for members of the Sophomore Service-Learning Community; Attributes: Service Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement

Ethics 3010 001 Ethics of Political Action   CRN 23090  MWF  11:30am-12:30pm  Kristyn Session  Core Theo and Peace and Justice.  Debates In our common political life often center on which stance to take on a particular social issue.  While important, this course seeks to explore ad critically reflect on the diverse forms of political participating and civic engagement through which political change might be pursued.  Introduces students to classic forms of political participating such as voting, constituent lobbying and town hall meetings.  Students will, then, examine alternative forms of political participating by studying contemporary efforts around educational equity, agriculture labor, indigenous rights and racial justice.  Students will employ Catholic Social Thought to reflect on the nature of just political participation. Core Theology, Peace and Justice. 


PJ 5000-003 *Theology Ethics and Criminal Justice M/W  1:30-2:45pm CRN is 24754 . Instructor Kathryn Getek Soltis (5 SLC students)  What is true justice and to what extent does our criminal justice system implement it? This course engages Scripture, theology, and ethical theories of justice and punishment in order to examine the realities of criminal justice in America. Ultimately, how might theological and ethical approaches to justice inform (and reform) our courts and prisons? THL, CTHL and CST    This course will allow you access serve at the prison which requires permission from Instructor and Director of Service Learning

PJ 2500 001 Education and Social Justice Carol Anthony T/R  1-2:15 CRN 23887  (8  SLC students)  This course will survey the landscape of education in the U.S., both public and private, and critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.  We will explore how the content, context, and structure of education in the U.S. serves to perpetuate and intensify inequalities of race, class, and gender in such a diverse culture, and we will address the impact of technology and corporate sponsorship on the “goal” of education. (Core Social Science, Diversity 1)


PJ 4000 001 Nature of Genocide Tim Horner  M/W 3-4:15  CRN 23892 (10-12 SLC students) Genocide is perhaps the darkest of all human endeavors. This course is an attempt to shine an analytical light onto this modern phenomenon by tracing the causes of genocide through their historical, sociological, political, neurological, colonial, and religious roots. This course seeks to understand perpetrators and uses primary sources of the genocides in Rwanda, North America, Ottoman Turkey, Nazi Germany, and the former Yugoslavia. Understanding the mind of the perpetrator is difficult and morally challenging - understanding can sometimes lead to uncomfortable empathy - but the larger goal of the course is to find ways to prevent genocide, not just stop it when it starts.  Cross listed with Theology.  Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.


PJ 2800 -002 Race, Class and Gender   

PJ 2800-001: Race, Class, and Gender  - MWF 10:30, CRN 23888 Miranda Pilipchuk (5 SSLC student)

PJ 2800-002:  Race, Class, and Gender  - MWF 11:30  CRN: 23889, Miranda Pilipchuk  (5 SSLC students)

 What is oppression? Do our public policies and current legislation suggest that it is a crime to be poor? What is structural racism? Does one’s socio-economic location and embodied difference (whether gendered or raced) really matter, or are one’s life chances and opportunities merely a matter of “individual responsibility” and “hard-work”?


PJ 5000 001 History of Homelessness   T/R CRN 29729   TR 10-11:15.Stephanie Sena (5-7 SLC students) The History of Homelessness will offer an examination of the diverse societal perceptions of homelessness and poverty, and how those perceptions have shifted over time. Students will also study changes in government policy and how changing policy has affected people experiencing homelessness.  It is the intention of this course to provide a framework for understanding the root causes of the expansion of homelessness in the U.S., and to convey a sense of the experience of homelessness and its consequences. There will be exploration of the current efforts to meet the immediate needs of the homeless. The course will empower students to advocate for sustainable changes which can prevent homelessness. Students will glean a deeper understanding of homelessness through readings and class discussions, and through interacting with people who are experiencing homelessness at the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia.

PJ 5000 100 Agitating for Justice  CRN 23895 Naomi Leaphart  TR 6:10-8:50pm (5-7  SLC students)  In movement-building work, to agitate is to hold individuals and institutions accountable to our highest values and noblest aspirations. How can we agitate Christian theologies, re-reading the Jesus tradition for communal liberation? How can Christian theologies agitate society, supporting public action for social and political change? The phrase "faith-rooted" describes a style of organizing and action work that is shaped and guided in every way by faith principles and practices. In this course, through readings, lectures, case studies,


THL 4490-001, Stewardship of Creation: Sustainability and Environmental Justice  Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-9:45  (7 SLC)   CRN 24274 Rev Art Purcaro OSA   This course presents Catholic Social Teaching on the environment, centering on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si, “On Care for our Common Home”.   We will treat the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the community of nations and how achieving them depends highly on an ethos of sustainable living. We will consider the particularly Augustinian contribution to this topic. The methodology of the course follows that of the Encyclical itself: See-Judge-Act and encourages involvement in sustainability activity.

*The Nature of Genocide PJ 4000 - 001  CRN: 23892. Days: MW from 03:00 pm to 04:15 pm Instructors: Timothy J. Horner  tracing the causes of genocide through their historical, sociological, political, neurological, colonial, and religious roots. This course seeks to understand perpetrators and the societies that allow, even encourage, the act of genocide (attributes: Cultural Studies, Core Theology, Diversity Requirement 3

Courses Approved for SSLC - Sign up not available through OSL

If you are going to register for one of the courses listed below, please notifiy with your selection.

If you are taking a course in which the professor is not aware you are in SSLC please try to direct an assignment or two connecting your service or topics in 4th hour with course content.  You might want to speak with your professor about how you can make that happen.

COM 5300 - 100 IGR:Dialogue CRN: 22634 Enrollment: 0 of 72 students.

Permission of Director required; Students must complete application at and attend all classes; students will be assigned to topical dialogues on gender, racial identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and ability; Course Dates: Tuesday  6pm-8pm  First half of semester.

SSLC Students may take 2 IGR courses White Racial Identity, Race or Socioeconomic status.   We cannot pre-register you in these courses you must interview and then sign up through novasis.






ENG 1975 – 019 Core Seminar Borders    Migration  TR 4-5:15pm  CRN 23011  Rena Potok

Suggest serving at CCATE or ACLAMO


ENG 4651-001 Lives of the Undocumented  CRN 23041  TR 2:30-3:45   Tsering Wangmo  In this course students will examine the live  experiences, conditions, and events of undocumented immigrants as represented by those who were, or who remain without  legal documentation, primarily in the U.S. Through the genres of memoir, fiction, poetry, history, creative and  critical essays, we will attempt to discuss how the  perspective from undocumented immigrants are crucial to  understanding citizenship and belonging in the United States. We will examine concepts and designations of political status such as, “refugee,” “citizen,” “noncitizen,” “illegal,” and their complex relation to race, home, and nation. We will think about these texts in their historical, political, and cultural contexts, both locally and globally.

Suggest serving at CCATE or ACLAMO


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What is Service Learning Community

Service: You will mentor a child or teen, tutor in classroom and after school programs, teach adult literacy, teach in local high schools, and teach Peer Mediation to elementary school children or high school students for 3-4 hours per week.

There are soup kitchen and homeless shelter service sites available.

Learning: You are required to take one course fall and spring semester that are designated for the Sophomore Service Learning Community. You are also required to register for a 1 credit integrating seminar.

Community: You will live with students who share values and desire to serve the poor and examine the causes and structures in society which keep people poor. You will enjoy Community nights, evenings of reflection celebration dinners, orientation in August and January and day of service in September and opportunities to choose some weekends of service.