Equality, Wealth, and Philanthropy

Wealth concentration and inequality is approaching historical heights across the globe.  The economic, social, political, and cultural forces that fuel the concentrations of wealth and power form a tangled knot that requires careful analysis to unravel, understand, and act. The multidisciplinary Minor in Equality, Wealth, and Philanthropy will provide students with a distinctive body of knowledge to untangle the complex web of forces that drive the trends of wealth accumulation, distribution, and inequality.

Moreover, building on the Catholic mission of serving others that shapes the character of Sacred Heart University, the Equality, Wealth, and Philanthropy program will lay the groundwork for developing the skills necessary to work with philanthropies and foundations around the world that are in a position to address and reverse the structural causes of inequality, injustice, and human suffering. In doing so, students will be prepared to become leaders in philanthropy and social change as these might be expressed in any number of career fields, such as public health, public policy, education, and work in religious and other nonprofit institutions.

The EWP minor can also be part of a strong foundation for graduate studies in such fields as philanthropy, ethics, and public policy. Internships will be an integral part of the Equality, Wealth and Philanthropy program, enhancing the professional preparation of our students. 


To complete the Equality, Wealth, and Philanthropy (EWP) minor, students must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits of coursework fulfilling the following requirements:

  • A foundational course that provides the conceptual framework for the EWP minor.  See the Approved Course List. Foundational courses are indicated by (*).
  • A practicum: A 3-credit course, independent study, or internship that entails applied learning or research on a topic relevant to the CCC minor. 
    • A practicum proposal must be submitted to the program director for approval.
  • Four additional courses (minimum 12 credits) selected from the Approved Course List.
  • Completion of the minor requires that at least one course (may be a foundational course or practicum) be taken from each of the three disciplinary areas.

Approved Courses

The following courses have been preapproved. Other electives or special topics offerings may be substituted with the approval of the program director. 

Humanities Area

  • FYXX 125 with appropriate CCC theme, such as
    • FYEN 125 Prophets of Rage
  • HI 202 Europe and the World
  • HI 207 History of Latin American to 1826
  • HI 208 History of Latin America since 1826
  • HI 209 The U.S. and Latin America through History
  • HI 212 Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • HI 216 Princes to Peasants
  • HI 223 United States History since 1865
  • HI 224 Freedom in American History
  • HI 285 China in Revolution
  • HI 325 African-American History
  • HI 328 The Immigrant Experience
  • HI 377 The Great Depression and New Deal
  • *(History course) Philanthropy in American History
  • (English course) Protest Literature

 Social and Behavioral Science

  • FYXX 125 with appropriate CCC theme, such as:
    • FYSO 125 The Structure of Social Injustice
  • EC 101 Introduction to Economics
  • EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC 211 Economics of Social Issues
  • SO 201 Poverty and Inequality in the United States
  • SO 254 Sociology and Economic Change
  • SO 239 Diversity and Oppression in Contemporary Society
  • PO 299 American Education Policy
  • PO 308 Theories of Political Economy
  • PO 322 American Public Policy
  • *(Politics Course) Philanthropy and Public Policy
  • SW 265 Social Welfare as a Social Institution (does not count in the elective core)
  • SW 265 Social Welfare Policy and Services (does not count in the elective core)
  • Practicum

 Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

  • PH  255 Political Philosophy
  • RS 262 Human Rights
  • *PH Philosophy and Globalization/Global Justice
  • *RS Religion/Catholicism and Globalization/Global Justice
  • *RS Catholic Social Thought
  • *RS  Churches and Social Action
  • Practicum

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”  ~ William James

“Whether you believe it a moral imperative or in the rich world’s enlightened self-interest, securing the conditions that will lead to a healthy, prosperous future for everyone is a goal I believe we all share.” ~ Bill Gates

“In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family.… The risk for our time is that the de facto interdependence of people and nations is not matched by ethical interaction of consciences and minds that would give rise to truly human development.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

For more information, contact:

Brian Stiltner, Program Director
Main Academic Building HC 121
Tel: 203-365-7657

Fax: 203-371-7731