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


Fall 18 Courses

Preferred Courses available for Pre-registration

Ethics 2050 (2 sections of Ethics, one section is Honors)     Pre-requisites for Arts and Sciences students:  ACS 1000 and 1001 are pre-requisites and THL 1000 and PHI 1000.  Theology or Philosophy can of these can be taken at the same time as ETH 2050.


 Pre-requisites are encouraged for Ethics 2050 but NOT required for Engineering or Nursing Students.


The Good Life: Ethics & Contemporary ProblemsThe 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.

Honors ETH 2050 –HO2 the Good Life:  Ethics and Contemporary Problems   CRN 23173   MW 1:30 - 2:45 PM   Mark Doorley Honors students only. Non-Honors students may take an Honors course with the approval of the department; Minimum 3.33 GPA required

Ethics 2050 013 the Good Life:  Ethics and Contemporary Problems. CRN 23153 MW 3- 4:15 Mark Dooley

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)


CRM 4000-001 Delinquency Prevention CRN 222742  MW 9:30-10:20   Allison Payne

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

PJ 5000-002 History or Homelessness    CRN 24000   TR 11:30-12:45 Stephanie Sena:   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 2500 001 Education & Social Justice CRN 23992 TR 1:00 – 2:15 pm Carol Anthony  Description: 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, Philosophy, Diversity)  OK


PJ 2800 100 Race Class and Gender:  T 6:10-8:50pm   CRN: 23994    Ariella Bradley

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 2800 001  Race Class and Gender   M/W 4:30-5:45pm CRN 23993         Jared Bishop A critical examination of the social constructions of race, class, gender, and sexualiity in U.S. culture and the injustices and inequalities that arise from them. Strategies, policies, and procedures for change are also examined.


PJ 5000 - 003 TOP:Agitating for Justice CRN: 24782 Days: TR from 02:30 pm to 03:45 pm Naomi Leapheart 



SOC 2200-001 Sociology of Deviance  T/R8:30-9:45am Thomas Arvanites   Course 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 (Students who gain these insights almost always earn an "A").

THEOLOGY Pre-requisites listed in Novices are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.


THM 3740: 001 Theology- Liberation Theology:  CRN 24331 T/TH 8:30am-9:45 Fr. Art Purcaro.   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. Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.


PJ 4000-001 The Nature of Genocide CRN: 23998      MW 3-4:15pm     Timothy Horner 

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. More than simply a parade of atrocity, 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. Definitions of genocide as well as the circumstances that allow it are central to the course. 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. Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.


PJ 5400 001 Ethics Justice and the Family   MW 1:30-2:45   CRN 24001 Kathryn Getek Soltis

We often think of family – at least ideally – as a refuge where love and loyalty rule.  But what does a commitment to justice imply about family life?  What are the moral responsibilities of a society toward families?  And can the family be an agent of positive social change?  This course examines the moral meaning of relationships within the family: relations between spouses and the domestic division of labor, parenting and the commodification of children, responsibilities toward aging parents, etc.  It also asks how a just society regards, defines, supports, and perhaps even intervenes in the family, investigating patterns of work-life balance, social and economic policies, and reproductive services. The course additionally asks to what extent the family is relevant for the pursuit of justice.  How do we reconcile preferential treatment of relatives with our moral responsibilities to others, including the poor and marginalized?  In addition to examining these relations through sociology and philosophy, the course engages Christian ethics as a resource for thinking about the particular practices that cultivate justice within and beyond the family.  Pre-requisites listed in Novasis are waived for SSLC students taking themed Upper Level Theology courses.

Courses not available for pre-registration.

These courses will fulfill your SSLC course requirement if none of the preferred courses fit in your schedule. 

You will register during your registration time and report registration to

COM 5300 - 100  Intergroup Relations   IGR:Dialogue   M from 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm  CRN: 22708   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.

CRM 3400-001 Punishment and Society CRN 22741 MW 1:30-2:45pm Jill McCorkel

Survey of the historical and contemporary treatment of convicted offenders; analysis of the prison social system; analysis of the theory, practice and function of correctional programs.   Opportunity to serve at maximum or medium security prison

EDU 3263 001 Diversity and Inclusion CRN 22988 TR 10-11:15 Rachel J, Skrlac Lo.   

EDU 3264-001 Introduction to Disability Studies MW 1:30-2:45pm Christa Bialka

Social, political, cultural and academic implications of disability; legacy of disability in the US and abroad; strategies for working with individuals with special needs Service learning is required.  Core Social Science; Diversity Requirement 1; Education; Peace & Justice

HIS 2278-001 Native American History CRN 23342 M/W 1:30 - 2:45 pm.  Paul Rosier

Study of American Indians from pre-Columbian times to the present, including land use practices, social customs, gender relations, U.S. government removal and assimilation policies, post-colonial political economy, and contemporary issues of cultural identity and sovereignty.

HIS 2291-001 African American History During Slavery MWF 9:30-10:20am CRN 23343

The forced migrations of Africans to the New World, the institution of slavery, and the struggle of Afro-Americans to gain equality in American society. Cultural studies, History elective

Honors 5700-002 Social Justice Seminar CRN 23380 TR 1-2:15 Kelly A Welch Reserved for Society & Human Behavior cohort;   (need description)

CRM 4000-H01 Delinquency Prevention MWF 10:30-11:20pm CRN 22743 Allyson Payne

Non-Honors students may take an Honors course with the approval of the department; Minimum 3.33 GPA required

HUM  2900-002 Race and Democratic Dignity CRN  23392  MWF 11:30-12:20pm  Mark Shiffman   This course seeks to understand contemporary concerns about race in America amid dignity that American democracy promised to uphold and respect. Through constructive dialogue between political philosophers and African American authors, we will deepen our understanding the puzzling and challenging interplay of race, democracy and dignity.


PJ 5000-001 TOP: Justice through Agriculture CRN 23999 TR 10-11:15 Chara Armon


SOC 3600-001 Race and Ethnic relations   CRN 24179   MW 10-2:45 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 1


SOC 38000-001 Social Movement’s CRN 24180 TR 4-5:15   Glenn E 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. 3.00credit(s)

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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.