How Do Students Enter the Program?
are two ways to enter the Micah Program: Through our First-Year
Communitiy (which is a residential program for new students)
and through our Companions Project (which is a nonresidential
program for students already enrolled at the University).
Students interested in the First-Year Community submit
a simple application and brief
What is the Micah First-Year Students' Community?
In the Micah First-Year Students' Community, students take special Micah sections of core courses integrated around issues of social justice and peace (two in the fall and at least one in the spring), perform at least 30 hours of community service each semester, and live on the Micah floors in a residence hall on campus. Learn more about the Micah First-Year Students' Community.
What is the Companions' Project?
who learn about the program after they have arrived at
SLU can become involved by taking at least one course
offered as part of the Micah Program's Interdisciplinary Minor in
Urban Poverty Studies. They perform 30 hours of service
and are invited to attend Community Hours and other Micah
events. Contact the Micah office for more information, Micah@slu.edu.
sorts of students are involved?
and women of all faiths and academic majors are welcome.
They come from many geographic regions and pursue their
studies in disciplines as diverse as Communication, Education,
Engineering, Nursing, Pre-Medical Studies, Psychology,
and more. Over 32 majors are represented.
What courses do the first-years take?
their first year at the University, Micah students enroll
in at least three special sections of courses that satisfy the University's
Core Curriculum requirements. Each
term's offerings are coordinated to encourage interdisciplinary
study and reflection.
courses do the Companions take?
working with our first-year communities are chosen for their
interest in problems of the American city, for their experience
and effectiveness as teachers, and for their dedication
to social equity, justice, and peace.
is the Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies?
or not students at the University have ever been in the
Micah Program, they may pursue our interdisciplinary minor, which
also provides students in the First-year Students' Community and the
Companions Project an optional way to continue their studies of poverty
and problems in the American city.
semester, several courses that count toward the minor
are taught in a variety of departments, from Philosophy
and Public Policy Studies to Social Work and Theological
Studies. For details see the minor's offerings.
What about Community Service?
Program is grounded in personal relationships with underserved
residents living in several fascinating but struggling
neighborhoods near the University. By concentrating our
service efforts in particular areas, we are able to learn
a great deal about them and their problems and to form
long-term partnerships with innovative community organizations.
work closely with over a dozen nonprofit organizations in the inner-city. For example,
some students help tutor children in reading and math
at a public school. Others work in a church after-school
program for children, or provide companionship to disabled
and elderly adults, or tutor in a young-adult program
for Hispanic immigrants.
the project, service based on faith and personal reflection
is a vital part of the program. Assignments in Micah courses
encourage students to bring their studies to bear on problems
that they encounter in the neighborhood. Weekly Community
also allow time for less formal conversation, prayer,
and reflection on urban problems.
first-year students gather once a week for about an hour in small
groups with Micah Mentors, Micah students who apply and are chosen to lead the first-years. Such evening meetings allow students
to enjoy one another's company, to pray together, to discuss
their work in the city, to listen to speakers related
to their courses, and to enjoy social activities.
happens after first-years finish their Micah courses?
are invited to continue their Community Hour activities
together throughout their college careers. They are also
encouraged to carry on their community service, exploring
new opportunities, and acting as friends and mentors to
new students in the program. Many also pursue the optional Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies.
Will I be able to study abroad?
Many Micah students choose to study abroad for a semester. For example, students
in the program have opportunities to study for a semester
in Latin America, where they get to know the people and
take classes on the challenges facing them. The aim is
to understand the problems that lead many to immigrate
to American cities. The University also offers many other
study-abroad options available to Micah students.
takes its guiding philosophy from the Judeo-Christian
tradition. The program welcomes students of all faiths
and all academic majors who wish to combine faith with
study and community life with social action in that
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
take part in the First-year Community, entering students
should apply before April 22nd of their senior year
in high school. Since participation is limited, we strongly
urge students to apply early - beginning in January. Applications
received after April 22nd will be considered as places become
available. Apply Now!
If you are an incoming transfer student or want to
become part of the Companions Project, students
should contact Donald Stump, Director, or Debra Wilson,
The Micah Program of Saint Louis University
Wuller Hall Suite 216
3711 West Pine Mall
St. Louis, MO 63108
Donald Stump, Director
Olga Arbelaez, Assoc. Director
Debra Wilson, Coordinator
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Contact us at Micah@slu.edu - 314-977-3615