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 (2 sections), Monday 4:30pm, Tuesday 2:30 pm ,4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Wednesday 3pm and 4:30-Thursday 10pm, 1pm and 2:30pm- Friday 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm 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


Spring 18 Courses

ONLY STUDENTS WHO MEET THIS PREREQUISTIE CAN TAKE ETHICS 2050:  ACS 1000 and 1001 are pre-requisites.  So are THL 1000 and PHI 1000.  However, one of these can be taken at the same time as ETH 2050.

ETH 2050 018 T/R 1:00 - 2:15 pm  CRN: 32634

The Good Life: Ethics & Contemporary Problems:  The discipline of ethics, part art and part science, is an inquiry into fundamental questions about human existence: what it means to do good, live well, love rightly.  It is, above all, an examination of who we are, what we value, and how we come to share our lives with others.


ETH 3010 001 God in the Public Square: Religion and Politics in the USA  CRN: 32641

Politics of Whiteness PJ 5500 - 001: CRN  33451          10 SLC pre-reg, number.

Days: TR 11:30-12:45  Instructors: Carol W. Anthony   This course will be an examination of the past and present scholarship which serves to debate and deconstruct the nature of whiteness.  Historically, whiteness has been the unexamined, invisible, normative backdrop from which people of color have been defined, delimited, and “othered.”   We will analyze the nature and structure of “whiteness” and the spectrum of white supremacy that is affiliated with it.  “White supremacy” and "white privilege" will be central issues of the course, as they are deployed through and embodied in people (of different races), different systems of thought, and various social practices and institutions.  The course will conclude by looking at the debate over the question of whether or not “whiteness”, as a social construct and personal identity, can be recreated and rehabilitated from the privilege, invisibility, and the normative power it has involved.  Attributes: Africana Studies, Diversity Requirement 1, Writing Enriched Requirement 

Peacemakers and Peacemaking  PJ 2700 HO1   CRn 33442 T/R 4-5:15  Eugene McCarraher  HUM/Hon/Eth  Non honors with minimum 3.3 GPA are eligible with permission email   Description:   Classical and contemporary examples and approaches to peacemaking in response to injustice and social conflict. Issues to be considered include the nature and significance of nonviolent struggle, political reconciliation, and the role of religion in shaping moral action for social change.   CRSE Attributes:  Humanities, Honors Ethics

 Non-Honors students with a minimum 3.3 GPA are eligible for this course and should contact the Director,   

Education & Social Justice PJ 2500-100  CRN 33441 M 6:10-8:50 Brighid Dwyer   SLC   10 students   Description: The course will focus on activism in higher education, and Tribal Colleges, Historically Black colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and AANAPISIs.  This course will survey the landscape of Higher Education in the United Sates with particular focus on Colleges and Universities created for the Education of marginalized or minoritized communities. 

Baseball, Justice and The American Dream:  Hon 5750  CRN: 31978   T/R 2:30-3:45    3SLC students  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

Race, Class and Gender  PJ 2800-001  CRN 33443 Thursday 2:30-3:45. 6 SSLC students Carol Anthony   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. Africana Studies Minor/Conc, Diversity Requirement 1, Diversity Requirement 2, Writing Enriched


Race, Class and Gender  PJ 2800-100  CRN 33444 W 6:10-8:50 Jason Javier Watson:  8 SSLC students   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. Africana Studies Minor/Conc, Diversity Requirement 1, Diversity Requirement 2, Writing Enriched Theology, ethics and Environmental Justice:  Jeffrey Morgan  T/R 10-11:15


Rhetoric & Social Justice COM 3201 - 001  CRN: 32124  TR 1:00--2:15 pm Instructor: Billie Jean Murray  Examination of public discourse surrounding issues in social justice and human rights. Through traditional and contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetorical strategies are traced through contemporary movements.  Communication, Writing Enriched Requirement, Writing and Rhetoric Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440


IGR: Dialogue COM 5300 -100  CRN: 32163 Enrollment: 0 of 72 students Days: T from 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm Instructors: Brighid Meghan Dwyer (P), Sheryl P. Bowen  Comment: Permission of Director required; Students must complete application at  and attend all classes; Students will be assigned to topics dialogues on gender, race, racial identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and faith.  Attributes : Africana Studies Minor/Conc, Diversity Requirement 1 Diversity Requirement 1

Advanced Race IGR  Dialogue: COM 5300 -107 IGR CRN: 32170 Enrollment: 0 of 12 students.  F from 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA S from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm Location: TBA   Brighid Meghan Dwyer (P), Sheryl P. Bowen  Diversity Requirement 1   Comment: Permission of Director required; Students must have previously taken the Race or Racial Identity IGR course; All students must complete the form at ; Course Dates: Friday xx/xx/17 and Saturday

Theatre of the Oppressed Com3290 -100 Crn 32125 M 6:10-8:50

In this course, you will be introduced to the theory and visionary practice of "Theatre of the Oppressed" (TO) that was created by the Brazilian social activist and theatre innovator Augusto Boal for actors and non-actors alike. Theatre of the Oppressed is a revolutionary form of participatory theatre which transforms real-life conflicts into invigorating, interactive theatrical dialogue. Experienced by thousands of people in diverse communities throughout the world, Boal's dramatic methods have empowered participants to investigate thorny issues, build consensus, and rehearse solutions to pressing social problems.  Pre-req: COM 2240 or permission of Chairperson   (Seeking Fine Arts, Peace & Justice, and Diversity approval)

Counseling for Women  COU 2500-001  CRN 32183  MW 1:30-2:45pm.  Rayna Markin Special needs and considerations for counseling with Women addressed, including: violence against women, women living in poverty, health concerns, infertility, motherhood, development and aging, racial-ethnic differences, inhibited anger, envy, success or inhibition, gender stereotypes, and more. Feminist psychoanalysis emphasized. 

Juvenile Delinquency CRM 3100 - 001  CRN: 32193  T/TH from 01:00-2:15 pm Brianna Remster   10 SSLC Science  Meaning and scope of delinquency; delinquency theories; role of social institutions and social agencies; prevention, control, and treatment programs.   Criminology, Core Social Science, Sociology

Justice and Society CRM 3001 – 001 and 002  7 slc students in each sectin.  Thomas M. Arvanites   001-MWF 9:30-10:20   OO2  MWF  10:30-11:20 This course presents an overview of the criminal justice system. It focuses on the nature, operation and critical issues of law enforcement, the courts and corrections.  Social Science A & S Core, Criminology, Core Social Science

A limited number of students from this course may tutor at Graterford prison. Criminology majors will have priority.

Global Political Economics     ECO 3108 -008  Crn 32407  MWF from 10:30 am to 11:20  Kenneth Taylor  Socio-economic conditions, political history, and government policy and the global impact on international trade and monetary relations; regional integration; stability of international economic systems; economic development and transition strategies; role of multinational corporations in the global world.  Core Social Science  PEACE AND JUSTICE)

Intro to Disability Studies EDU 3264 -001  CRN 3264 MW from 1:30-2:45pm to   Christa Bialka  (6-7 LEVEL students only) Attributes: Core Social Science, Cultural Studies, Diversity Requirement 1, Service Learning (For Students working with LEVEL or Special Olympic Basketball Athlete Practices


This course provides an opportunity to work with the Kinney Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s University with approval of OSL and Dr. Bialka.  If you choose to use Kinney center as your service site, application and training are required.


Diversity and Inclusion EDU 3263 – 100  CRN: 32437 R from 06:10 to 08:50 pm  TBA  Africana Studies Minor/Conc, Core Social Science, Diversity Requirement 1, Service Learning Introduction to the physical and social characteristics of diverse and exceptional students between 3 and 21. Issues of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and special education with respect to schools and in light of recent legislation and court decisions. Problem cases with an emphasis on the underprivileged, antisocial, and disadvantaged.


Teaching English as a Foreign Language.  ENG 2045-001 CRN 32581  M/W 3-4:15  Karyn Hollis

PSC: Society-- Humanities 2004-001  CRN 32836.  Eugene McCarraher TR from 11:30 -12:45 pm   Political, economic, and family life dominate our concerns and yet we seem cynical about possibly finding meaning in them. How is our dependent, rational nature developed through marriage, family, work, markets, and government? Fulfills an upper level Political Science in the Core Curriculum. Humanities Major/Minor or permission of Chairperson required

Sports and Society:  Soc 4200-001  CRN 33622 T/R 8:30-9:45 Rick Ekstein  Sports as both a unifying and divisive social force. The corporatization and commodification of organized sports. Core Social Science, Diversity Requirement 2


Race and Ethnic Relations SOC 3600-001  T/R  11:30-12:45  OR   002 T/R 1-2:15.  Rory Kramer. Development of race and ethnic relationships in America; the impact of power-conflict relations on race and ethnic patterns; particular attention given to development from early 1950's to present. Africana Studies, Core Social Science, Diversity Requirement 1, Latin American Studies

Social Movements  SOC 3800 CRN 33620  M/W 1:30-2:45  Glenn Bracey

The sociological study of social movements, including mobilization, participation, tactics, goals and ideology; the social contexts in which movements arise and develop; the nature and influence of historical and contemporary movements and activism

Perspectives on US Poverty:  Sociology 2950-001  CRN 34158  MWF  10:30-11:20  Robert Defina.   15SSLC  (CLAS, Nursing and Engineering only)   Poverty in the United States, emphasizing the experience of the past thirty years (measurement, causes, and policies to combat poverty). Emphasis on the special problems of urban poverty and poverty among children.  Attributes: Africana Studies, Core Social Science, Cultural Studies, Diversity Requirement 1, 'Eth, Econ, Public Pol Elect', Service Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement

Catholic Social Thought  PHI 2450-001  CRN 33366  Ron Duska  T/R 2:30-3:45pm    Catholic Social Thought from Rerum Navarum to the present. Its Aristotelean-Thomistic grounding. The Church's challenge to analyses of contemporary social, political, and economic systems.

Peace and Justice, Core Theology


Globalization:  PHI 2460-001  CRN 3367  Sally Scholz   MWF  11:30-12:20

Philosophical issues of globalization including: international law and human rights, immigration and migration, human trafficking, cyber solidarity, fair trade, poverty tourism, protest in the global civic sphere, and religious dialogue across borders.


Philosophy of Exchange  PHL 2500  MW 1:30-2:45  James R. Wetzel.  Monetary exchange in philosophical perspective: money as a means and as an end; higher and lower forms of exchange; sacrificial economies; the politics of scarcity; sacred economics.
'Eth, Econ, Public Pol Elect'

Theology Ethics & Criminal Justice PJ 5000 - 001 CRN: 33448  Days: MW from 01:30 pm to 02:45 pm Instructors: Kathryn Getek Soltis 10 SLC pre-registration   What is true justice and to what extent does our criminal justice system implement it?  This course begins by engaging Scripture and classic theological voices in an attempt to reconcile divine justice with punishment, atonement, and notions of damnation/salvation.  After also examining key ethical theories of justice and punishment, we examine the realities of criminal justice in America. Our focus on current practices in sentencing and corrections will include the war on drugs, solitary confinement, life without parole, re-entry, education in prisons, and the intersection of criminal justice with race and class. Ultimately, how might theological and ethical approaches to justice inform (and reform) our courts and prisons (Students in this course will be given the option of tutoring at a maximum security prison) Attributes: Core Theology, Diversity 1 Ethics, CRJ, DTHL, HUM, Peace and Justice   **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements Limited number of students have opportuntiy to serve at Graterford Prison.

The Nature of Genocide PJ 4000-001 CRN:33447     M/W 3-4:15 Timothy Horner (12-15 students) Description:   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 the societies that allow, even encourage, the act of genocide. This is a multimedia, multi-disciplinary course that 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. The larger goal of the course is to find ways to prevent genocide.. Understanding perpetrators and our own human nature is of vital importance if we are to be proactive members of the world community who can smell smoke before there is fire. In this sense, this is not so much a course about genocides as it is about The Nature of Genocide.  ATTRIBUTES: THL, CTHL, DIV 3  **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements



Liberation Theology THL 3740: 001: T/R 10:00 – 11:15 am  Fr. Art Purcaro.  8-10 sslc This course is designed for students in the Service Learning Community. Fr. Art is an Augustinian who served with the poorest of the poor in Peru for 30 years. He brings a wealth of experience and love for the poor to this course. Liberation Theology calls us to see how the poor are marginalized by society, describes how to work among them in order to advocate on their behalf, and most importantly to use what we have in order for the poor to find their power so they can advocate for themselves. Liberation Theology proposes that Christ desires to free our fellow human beings from the social structures that keep them impoverished. St Augustine stated: You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. (Tractate 1 John 8,8) This course will examine the role of Charity and the pursuit of Justice, as well as how we think about and work with and for the poor.



Understanding your Religious Neighbor:  Theology 6000 003 --33761 M/W 2:30-3:45  Adam Hearlson No description available

Theology Ethics and Environmental Justice   PJ 5000-002  CRN 33449 TR from 10:00 am to 11:15 am Jeffrey M. Morgan Core Theology, 'Eth,Sci,Tech,Envmnt Elect'

Catholics as Cultural and Political Insiders THL2900 T/R 1-2:15pm  Massimo FaggioliThis course will examine the growth of the Catholic Church in the history of the United States. After a brief introduction on the diversity in early American Catholicism with French- and Spanish-speaking roots, the course will focus on the history of this community from the minority, immigrant Church of the 18th and 19th century to the Catholic Church in the USA as the single, largest Church in the country today. The theological, social, and political views of Catholics will be the primary focus.

The students will develop an understanding of the different ethnic experiences and the development of the role of Catholicism in the changing social landscape of United States, with a particular emphasis on the social and political engagement of Catholics in the USA in the period between the Civil War, the 20th century, and today.   Prerequisites are waived for SLC students

**** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology requirements

THL 5000 Do Black Lives Matter to God. 33751  MW 4:30-5:45p.  Naomi Leapheart  10 SLC students  Has God sanctioned #BlackLivesMatter? Would Jesus protest the killings of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, or Aiyana Stanley-Jones? How should people of Christian faith respond to Black protest? In this course, we will attempt to construct a Divine argument for resistance to racialized violence and oppression. To do this, we will engage the biblical text and the texts of historical narrative, literature, poetry, music, visual art, and film to explore key theological topics, including sin, suffering, and salvation. As we center the perspectives of Black, womanist, mujerista, queer, and Native theologians, scholars, organizers, artists, and activists, we will seek to discover a theological framework for the contemporary Movement for Black Lives. Ultimately, we will seek to be empowered by this framework, integrating it with our own faith and practice in order to live into the prophetic call to do justice.  **** SSLC students do not need to have to fulfill pre-requisite Theology




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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.