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.

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.  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

Candidates will:

  • 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.

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

Minor in Inner City Careers requirements 

Required Courses
ICSE-302The Inner City Community3
ICSE-304Communication In The Inner City3
ICSE-331Literature Of Ethnic Groups3
Any TWO ICSE 300-level courses selected with approval of program advisor
Total Hours18

NOTE: ICSE-305 and any course in the ICSE 329 series may not be used to fulfill requirements for other major or minor programs.