UALR Shepherd Poverty Studies Program

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is pleased to be a charter member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty led by Washington and Lee University. The UALR Shepherd Poverty Studies Program joins in this innovative education program which provides additional opportunities to engage our students in a truly service-learning experience focused on poverty and human capability.

The program offers students the opportunity to both minor in and obtain an undergraduate certificate in Poverty Studies. Students have to complete a field internship during the summer with organizations who work with disadvantaged individuals and communities.

The UALR Shepherd curriculum is based on four principles that run parallel to those of the Consortium:

  • to educate and inform participating students about poverty and its reduction;
  • to promote the development of student leadership through service-learning;
  • to engender an ethos of volunteerism; and
  • to help students develop skills that prepare them to serve communities and individuals.

The program includes two tracks:

  • Track One-  Minor and Undergraduate Certificate in Poverty Studies (open to undergraduate students)
  • Track Two – In conjunction with the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law (law students should contact Bowen School staff for more information.)

For a full list or required courses, see the Undergraduate Curriculum for the Poverty Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. David Sink, Program Coordinator for the Shepherd Program, at