Program Curriculum

During Semester in Grand Rapids, students will take 9 credits of required classes with the option to take additional courses as desired. 

Required Courses

HST 380: History of Grand Rapids (3 credits)

A place-based survey of the major economic, political, and social themes in Grand Rapids, featuring direct engagement with historical materials and community partners. Special emphasis will be placed on urbanization and race relations, entrepreneurship and politics, interfaith and sustainability, and modern socio-political trends. (Fulfills US Diversity, Identity Issue, SWS)

INT 341: Leadership for Social Change (3 credits)

An examination of the theory and practice of leadership in social change movements, focused on developing personal and organizational capacities for leadership in a liberal education context. Students identify a contemporary social issue and create an action plan for resolution, addressing that issue with at least one action step. (Fulfills Information, Innovation, and Technology General Education Issue) Prerequisite: Junior standing.

IDS 490: Internship (3 credits) 

Students will complete an internship with a community organization in Grand Rapids. This class includes engagement events in the community (community leadership seminar series, field trips, etc.) as well as reflection assignments and activities that integrate learning from internships, community activities, and course material. 

 

Additional courses may be taken at the discretion of the participating student, their advisor, and their SIGR advisor. 

Sample Weekly Schedule

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

MORNING

Open for Internships

Class (HST 380 or INT 341)

Community Leadership Seminar Series  (bi-weekly)

Class (HST 380 or INT 341)

Open for Internships

AFTERNOON

Open for Internships

Open for Internships

IDS 490

Open for Internships

Open for Internships

EVENING

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free