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 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.
Minor in Inner City Careers (18 credit hours)
The minor in Inner City Careers has been designed to meet the needs of non-education majors as well as education majors who plan to work in inner city communities and schools. It will provide an opportunity for candidates who are committed to working within the inner city to address the issues that are relevant to understanding the community. It will afford candidates with contacts and avenues to best address the issues they may encounter. For Elementary Education majors who select this minor, there is an additional benefit. Two of the minor's core courses, ICSE-326 , and ICSE-331 will contribute to a state certificate endorsement in language arts at the middle school/junior high level.
Specific Goals of the Minor in Inner City Careers
- Gain knowledge of the specific cultural, political, economic, and cultural issues inherent in the inner city milieu.
- Value cultural diversity and individual differences in inner city environments.
- Communicate effectively in inner city environments.
- Be able to use professional interaction styles relevant to the inner city community.
- Engage in positive interactions with key stakeholders in community settings or educational settings.
General Education - Distributive Learning 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).
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.
|At least 3|
Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.
Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.
Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements
Minor in Inner City Careers requirements
|ICSE-302||The Inner City Community||3|
|ICSE-304||Communication In The Inner City||3|
|ICSE-326||Language Behavior In Inner City Communities||3|
|ICSE-331||Literature Of Ethnic Groups||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Problems In Testing Inner City Children|
|Teaching In The Inner City Elementary School|
NOTE: ICSE-305 and any course in the ICSE 329 series may not be used to fulfill requirements for other major or minor programs.