Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Fighting Social Problems

Fighting Social Problems Thematic Thread

Drug overdoses, poor social mobility, obesity, and other social ills are often persistent and difficult to overcome. This thread seeks to help students understand the root causes and paralyzing consequences of poor community health, stagnant education, crime, and/or other social problems. At the same time, the thread seeks to demonstrate how advocates and professionals employ a diverse array of skills from a variety of disciplines and areas to identify, understand and combat these problems.  At completion of the thread, students should have the base knowledge, skills, and confidence to start work with others to address these problems in their communities. This thread will give students opportunities to apply their knowledge to real community problems.  More than half of the courses in the thread involve opportunities to apply and develop the analytical, communication, and/or other technical skills essential to applied community action.

Faculty Liaison: Dave Kershaw

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Criminology & Criminal Justice Systems
Contemporary Social Problems
Foundations in Sustainability
American National Government
Introduction to Public Policy
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
The Arts
Basic Studio Drawing
Basic Studio Painting
Basic Studio Photography
Basic Studio Printmaking
Basic Studio Metalsmithing
Basic Studio Sculpture
Basic Studio Fiber Art
Basic Studio Ceramics
Basic Studio Graphic Design
Basic Studio Digital Media
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Community Change and Development
Education and American Activism
Ethical Reasoning
Medical/Health Care Ethics
Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Global Learning and Diversity
Politics of Race
Cultural Minorities in Education
Science, Technology and Mathematics
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Using Evidence to Solve Public Problems
Developmental Psychology
Self-Care and Well-Being
Human Development and Education
Drugs and Behavior
Society and Institutions
Crime, Justice and Society
Healthcare Systems: Global Perspectives and Analysis
Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Fighting Social Problems Thematic Thread (FSPR)