I find that it's easy for many students to get caught up in the "W&L Bubble," but my work with the Shepherd Program, particularly with the patients at the Free Clinic, has forced me to remember that many things, and many problems in particular, exist beyond this campus and has given me the confidence to confront these issues.
Poverty and Human Capability Courses The Shepherd Program offers three interdisciplinary courses that are listed in the Poverty and Human Capability Studies section of the Washington and Lee catalog. All of these courses count toward a program concentration, as does Poverty and Human Capability 295 (Law 231). Poverty and Human Capability 101, 423 (or surrogate), and 450 are required for the program concentration.
Discipline-Based Courses These courses count toward a minor in Poverty and Human Capability. The program requires 10 hours of credit in addition to Poverty and Human Capability 101, 423 (or surrogate), and 450 or 453. Students must consult with the Program director to determine if the courses are appropriate to a coherent educational plan.* In addition to these disciplined-based courses, Poverty and Human Capability 102 and 295, and courses from the website page for "related courses" may be appropriate to meet this 10-credit requirement.
Related Courses These courses will count only where they fit with a student's specialized interest in the course subject matter and poverty, and the student focuses research papers and/or other projects on poverty. Students are advised to work with the instructor to set topics in advance of the course.
Courses and Learning through Service Courses with service-learning components provide students with co-curricular experience at community agencies that complement the academic goals of a course or major. The Shepherd staff assists faculty in the development and facilitation of service-learning components within traditional curricula. Service-learning components ideally require 2 hours of service per week, maintenance of a journal, and a final graded product demonstrating learned skills or student understanding of service work's relation to their academic studies. The Shepherd Program does not endorse ascribing grades for the completion of service as service.
Supplemental Courses Students engaged in the Shepherd Program courses may also find these courses of interest. They will not count for a minor in Poverty and Human Capability, but may be of interest to students who are minoring in poverty studies.
Guest Lecturers Each year, the Shepherd Poverty Program helps bring speakers to campus of a variety of backgrounds and expertise to supplement the academic study of poverty from an interdisciplinary perspective. They endeavor to inform our students about poverty and what can be done to foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left behind in domestic and international development.