Academics

This program provides an academic aspect that will challenge you to apply the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You will talk, laugh, and engage in lively discussions about the entire scope of scholarly work—from listening critically to using research tools effectively to participating in fieldwork and speaking with authority. As a First-Year scholar you will be required to take the U.S. Civil Rights Seminar (see First Year Seminar) and every year after that, you will take the Case Studies in Global Justice Seminar (see Upper Class Seminar).

These seminars will challenge you to answer some of the following questions:

  • What's the difference between social justice advocacy and volunteering? Why do either?
  • What can you learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work? And how will you promote his legacy? 
  • How are social issues shaped by larger political, historical, and cultural influences?
  • What can be done about these issues? Should anything be done? Is it worth it?