HECUA Off-Campus Study Programs

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HECUA Off-Campus Study Programs

The College of St. Scholastica is a member of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). HECUA provides off-campus experiential learning opportunities that link academic study with hands-on work for social change. Students earn 16 St. Scholastica credits in the semester-long programs and four St. Scholastica credits in January term programs and six credits the Summer term program. Open to all St. Scholastica majors. St. Scholastica financial aid travels with students in semester programs.

David Schuettler, Ph.D., Coordinator

Semester programs

Environmental Sustainability: Ecology, Policy, and Social Transformation
(Fall semester/Twin Cities)

Apply systems thinking and sustainability theory to real world cases. Partner with organizers transforming communities and restoring ecosystems.

Courses:
Environmental and Climate Justice (4 cr.)
Ecology and Socio-Ecological Systems Change (4 cr.)
Field Research Methods and Investigation (4 cr.)
Environmental Sustainabiliy Internship (4 cr.)

The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging
(Fall and Spring semesters/Norway)

See Scandinavia in a new way by studying culture, society, and politics in Norway's capital, Oslo. Examine how globalization and immigration have shaped the politics of identity in Norway.

Courses:
The Scandinavian Welfare States in an Age of Globalization (8 credits)
Scandinavian Art, Film, and Literature (4 credits)
Norwegian Language or Independent Study Project (4 credits)

New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future
(Fall and Spring semesters/Auckland, New Zealand, with trips to throughout the North Island)

Trace the traditions, innovations, and issues behind the beautiful landscapes. Hear from those at the forefront of solutions to the environmental and cultural challenges of today.

Courses:
Māori Perspectives, Pluralism, and National Identity (4 credits)
Sustainability, Ecology, and New Zealand Environmental Policy (4 credits)
Internship, Fieldwork, and Integration Seminar (4 credits)
Independent Study Project (4 credits)

Community Internships in Latin America (CILA)
(Fall and Spring semesters/Ecuador)

Explore competing and collaborating visions for social change. Experience the rich political, cultural, and geographic diversity of Ecuador.

Courses:
Politics and Development in Ecuador (4 cr.)
Community Participation for Social Change (4 cr.)
Independent Study Project (4 cr.)
Ecuador Internship (4 cr.)

Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment
(Fall and Spring semesters/ Twin Cities)

This program focuses on the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, the criminal justice system, regional segregation by race and class, and institutional oppression. Connecting these issues is at the core of the program, and instead of just learning about problems, students explore solutions and become engaged in organizations committed to social transformation in class and at a structured internship. Through critical thinking set into action, students analyze policy, lobby elected officials, and engage communities. Students focus on learning the basics of organizing communities and workplaces, persuading others to become critically engaged, and becoming effective advocates for various issues and communities.

Courses:
Contested Theories of Poverty, Inequality, and Social Change (4 credits)
Social Policy and Anti-Poverty Strategies in Theory and Practice (4 credits)
Internship & Integration Seminar (equivalent to 8 credits)

Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice
(Fall semesters/Italy)

Unpack the Slow Food movement's motto of "good, clean, and fair" in its Italian birthplace. Explore how the business of food affects the health and wealth of farmers, workers, families, and communities.

Courses:
Agriculture and Sustainability in Tuscany (4 cr.)
Economics of Sustainable Food Production in Contemporary Europe (4 cr.)
Italian Language & Sustainable Italy Internship (4 cr.)
Independent Study Project (4 cr.)

Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy
(Spring semester/Twin Cities)

Explore how neighborhoods make artists, and how artists shape neighborhoods. Create art that shapes and inspires critical connections across identities.

Courses:
Art and Culture in Political, Social, and Historical Context (4 credits)
Arts Praxis: Social Justice Theory & Practice in the Field (4 credits)
Community Internship (8 credits)

Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland
(Spring semester/Northern Ireland)

Study the legacy of violent conflict and engage with efforts to build sustainable peace. Examine the role of citizens as agents of social transformation in this International Conflict Research Institute-affiliated program.

Courses:
Understanding the Politics of the Northern Ireland Conflict (4 credits)
Building a Sustainable Democracy (4 credits)
Internship Placement and Integration Seminar (8 credits)

Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism
(Fall and Spring semesters/Twin Cities) 

Making Media, Making Change is a part-time program that is grounded in the belief that storytelling and art are powerful vehicles through which to change the world. Add your voice to the growing media justice movement. Seek out and amplify hidden stories. No production experience necessary.

Courses:
From Consumers to Creators (4 credits)
Digital Laboratory (4 credits)
Optional Internship (4 or 8 credits)