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 19 Courses Approved for Pre-Registration

ETH 2050 - 023 The Good Life: Eth & Cont Prob CRN: 28886 Days: TR from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm   

Major Western ethical traditions as they apply to selected contemporary ethical problems, with special consideration to Jewish and Christian perspectives.


ETH 2050 H01 MW 1:30 - 2:45 pm CRN 28895


CRM 3001 - 001 Justice and Society CRN: 28469.  T/R 8:30-9:45  Thomas Arvanites  5SLC students Overview of Criminal Justice System. Focuses on nature, operation and critical issues of law enforcement, the courts and correction. Core Social Science.  Courses through which you would be eligible to serve in a prison


Criminology 4000-002  Race Crime and Justice  28474    MWF 11:30-12:20  Kelly A Welch

In this course, students will examine the complex inter-relationships between race, crime, and the justice system within American social and political contexts. Students will build their analytic and critical thinking skills about important racial and criminal justice matters that continue to polarize. This class will weigh the value of facts over opinions in light of historical socio-political context. Although we will examine the role of individual behavior when it comes to crime, victimization, and social responses to those phenomena, we will move beyond simple individualistic ideas about race and racial bias to examine whether and to what degree social inequality and structural racism are at the root of criminal justice practices that disparately disadvantage racial and ethnic minorities. Further, we will evaluate to what extent social institutions contribute to inequalities. Using a broad perspective, students will assess how racial disparities in crime and justice both reflect and contribute to racial and social injustice. Course through which you would be eligible to serve in a prison

Honors 5750-001  Baseball American Dream CRN 29104  (4 slc students honors or no honors but need 3.3 or better GPA)  3:3 or above GPA)  T.R  11:30-12:45  Jennifer Joyce  Justice & discrimination in U.S. society from social, economic, political & ethical perspectives. Strategies for the just elimination of discrimination. Topics include civil rights, gender issues of justice, etc. Africana Studies Minor/Conc, Diversity Requirement 1, Diversity Requirement 2—Sociology, English, GWS

HUM 2900-005  Jews,Chrisians and Muslims CRN 29119  T/R 1-2:15  Anna Bonta Moreland (4 SLC students)  Learn about why Christians can call Jews and Muslims “cousins,” since we are all the children of Abraham. We will examine these deep familial relationships through the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and history.  Core Theology    Students interested in participating in dialogue  with Muslim Serve through this course will serve at Hub of Hope.

PJ 2250 001 Violence and Justice in the World  Tim Horner  TR  4-5:15  CRN 29721

Examines root causes of violence, pathways to building a more peaceful and just world. Basic issues include, peace, justice, power dynamics, violence, nonviolence, restorative justice peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building.


PJ 2500 001 Education and Social Justice Carol Anthony  T/R  1-2:15    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)  OK


PJ 2800 -002 Race, Class and Gender   TR 2:30 – 3:45 CRN 29725 Jasmine Wallace

A critical examination of the social constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in U.S. culture and the injustices and inequalities that arise from them. Strategies, policies, and procedures for change are also examined.  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 4000 Nature of Genocide  Tim Horner  M/W 3:00 -4:15   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 5000 History Of Homelessness  Stephanie Sena TR 10-11:15a   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 Agitating for Justice  Naomi Leaphart  TR 11:30-12:45   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, guest speakers, and written reflections, and a group project, we will explore faith-rooted community organizing as a response to social injustice, throughout history and today. In particular, we’ll examine how students and people of color, grounded in faith, have mobilized successful campaigns to redistribute power and resources to those who have been denied access. 

PSC 2190 -001  U.S. Public Opinion and Political Behavior  CRN 29751   TR 10-11:15am  (5 SSLC students)  Camille Burge  The normative and empirical roles of public opinion and civic involvement in American democracy; conceptual and measurement issues, individual-level and societal factors influencing public opinion and political behavior.  Attributes: Core Social Science, Political Science   Prerequisites: PSC 1100

Soc. 2200-001 Sociology of Deviance CRN 299904  T/R 10-11:15  Thomas Arvanites  5 SLC students  Description: This course is a Sociological examination of deviant ("rule breaking") behavior.  It is intended to introduce the different definitions of deviance as well as the various CAUSAL theories of deviance.  The major assumptions, concepts, and propositions of each theoretical perspective will be emphasized.  Selected research studies designed to test the predictive power of the various theories will be discussed.  Goals: Upon completion of this course, students should:  Understand the Sociological Imagination-Understand the logic of Causality-           Be able to provide an overview of five theories of Deviance-Be able to apply these theories to practical experiences.  For example, when reading a news article, students should be able to identify facts supportive or contradictory of the various theories Courses through which you would be eligible to serve in a prison

THL 4490-002, Stewardship of Creation: Sustainability and Environmental Justice  Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-9:45  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.

Spring 19 Courses Approved for SSLC with no Pre-Registration

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: 28447 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: 8/27/18 - 10/22/18; 

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 4692-001           Lives of the Undocumented

TR 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM  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.

THL 4490-001  Racsim/Resistance and the Church  CRN 41366. Tr 2:30-3:45  Kathleen Grimes

Core theology—Pre-requisites are waived for SLC students taking topical courses.

English 1975-009  Core Seminar: Disability CRN 28804  Mary Fattori  MW 4:30-5:45 Students must serve with LEVEL or Special Olympics Athlete Practice.   As an art form, literature often creates, reflects, or questions cultural messages about what is “normal” and “abnormal” in our lives. As a result, reading and writing about the experience of disability in literature can help us better understand our responses to situations and events around us that might be different from our

own. Through close readings of fiction, drama, and poetry, students will experience how writers have created

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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.