Programs in Inner City Studies (lCSE) are offered at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS), 700 East Oakwood Boulevard, 60653, in the heart of Chicago's historic Bronzeville community. The scholar/ activist thrust is the overriding entity that drives the community and academic programming of the ICSE programs of the Carruthers Center.

The Programs in Inner City Studies, through the Goodwin College of Education, offer the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Inner City Studies
  • Master of Arts in Inner City Studies

In addition, the CCICS offers a Minor in Inner City Careers.

Major in Inner City Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Inner City Studies undergraduate program seeks to introduce undergraduate students to the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that impact the inner city. It reflects the ongoing trends and developments that continue to be a part of the changing demographics of the inner city so that students become preliminarily equipped with understanding the complexity, diversity, and history associated with the inner city. ICSE seeks to prepare students to acquire employment in the broad fields of the social and human services; including alternative educational programs such as charter schools, contract schools, after school programs, and mentorship programs aimed at improving the condition of inner city youth.

Specific Goals of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Inner City Studies

  1. Examine introductory theories and methodologies of analyzing inner city communities throughout the world.
  2. Examine introductory literature of the scholarship and activism associated with addressing the current trends and developments related to the multiplicity of issues and challenges in the inner city including the impact of technology and media.
  3. Prepare ICSE students to demonstrate their understanding of inner city issues through written and oral communication, and web based technologies.
  4. Prepare ICSE majors to pursue graduate degrees in Inner City Studies and other related fields.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Inner City Studies requirements 

Required Courses
ICSE-103Introduction To Inner City Studies3
ICSE-201History And Culture Of Ethnic Groups In America3
ICSE-301Racism In Theory And Fact3
ICSE-302The Inner City Community3
ICSE-303Writing Intensive Program: Research Design And Methodology3
ICSE-304Communication In The Inner City3
ICSE Electives12
Total Hours30