U.S. Poverty Analysis


Mary Baldwin College has a long tradition of connecting academic learning to practical experience through internships, volunteer opportunities, and travel. The minor in U.S. poverty analysis fosters those connections in several ways. The minor:

  • acknowledges and encourages students’ desires to work for justice in American society by improving the lives of people living in their communities.
  • challenges students to think critically about the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States and carefully consider possible individual and community responses to the problems.
  • is well-grounded in the analytical methods of the economics discipline, allowing students to build the skills necessary for making well-grounded, persuasive, careful arguments for policy changes.
  • encourages students and faculty to reduce barriers between traditional academic disciplines as we improve our understanding of poverty from economic, political, religious, psychological, philosophical, and sociological viewpoints.