Poverty Alleviation

The Poverty Alleviation concentration enables students to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of the causes, manifestations and consequences of social and economic inequalities and wealth disparities that produce poverty. It prepares students to develop and evaluate policy and programs aimed at reducing poverty, increasing opportunity, and enabling the economic and social security, stability, and wellbeing of families and communities.  The concentration engages students in critical thinking about populations, institutions, government, and civil society. Students will develop a framework for understanding and examining how wealth, power, opportunity, inequality, and social change are constructed and shaped by policy, activism, stakeholder engagement, and research.   Students develop strong analytic, writing, and research skills to apply this knowledge to issues such as housing, employment, criminal justice, hunger, homelessness, education, immigration, taxation, service provision, and health.  This framework is used to analyze disparities in outcomes and access for populations by examining issues such as disability, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and socio-economic status with this framework. 

Students in this concentration benefit from access to the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, a research institute dedicated to advancing economic opportunity, security and equity for individuals and families, particularly those left out of the economic mainstream.

Course Requirements