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Ignatian Service, Minor

91女神鈥檚 Ignatian service minor integrates reflection, leadership and professional formation through project-based community engagement. Be challenged to help transform a city while the city transforms your education.

Also known as iSERV@91女神, the Ignatian service minor serves under-resourced schools and helps to end the cycle of poverty in St. Louis with innovative after-school programming that exercises students鈥 minds and bodies. The minor鈥檚 three required courses examine the Jesuit tradition, Ignatian spirituality and servant leadership, and professional and vocation discernment.

91女神鈥檚 Ignatian service minor is for students who:

  • Come from any background and see spirituality as a way of life
  • Desire to be a catalyst for change
  • Seek a practical way to take a theology course
  • Know that theory and practice go hand-in-hand

Write Your Own Path

Working with faculty, students can create a custom pathway through the聽91女神 Undergraduate Core聽that locates service as the integral component of the entire educational experience. Electives can be coordinated into focus areas by submitting contracts for elective courses so long as the instructor agrees to adopt a syllabus to meet the program requirements.

Hands-on Learning: 鈥婸articipate in The Clavius Project聽聽

The Clavius Project was started in 2014 by St. Louis University High School students. It brings robotics and STEM enrichment programming into underserved elementary and middle schools across St. Louis. Middle school students learn robotics, coding, and 3D printing through this after-school project.

Curriculum Overview

Students enrolled in 91女神鈥檚 Ignatian service minor complete three required courses that help them complete the University Core, supplement their major fields of study and enhance their educational experience through service and reflection.

  • SERV 1000: Ignatian Spirituality and Service聽
  • SERV 3000: Ignatian Leadership and Service
  • SERV 4960: Ignatian Vocation and Service

Three Ignatian service electives round out the minor. Service-site selection and academic advising require that students begin the minor with the required 厂贰搁痴听1000 Ignatian Spirituality and Service (0,3 cr). After working at a service site, students become 鈥渟ervant leaders鈥 who help coordinate the project-based learning among the various partnering service sites as part of聽厂贰搁痴听3000 Ignatian Leadership and Service (3 cr) . The capstone helps students imagine their 鈥渕ission after 91女神鈥 via 厂贰搁痴听4960 Capstone: Ignatian Vocation and Service (3 cr).

Since this minor is cross-disciplinary, no student can complete the minor without taking elective coursework in more than one department. All eligible elective courses meet two criteria. Electives must fulfill at least two of the five learning outcomes of the Ignatian Service minor and require at least 25 credit hours of service learning as an academic part of the syllabus.

Ignatian Service Requirements
厂贰搁痴听1000Ignatian Spirituality and Service3
厂贰搁痴听3000Servant Leadership: Education as Formation3
厂贰搁痴听4960Capstone: My Ignatian Mission Beyond 91女神: Discernment and Vocation3
Ignatian Service Electives9
Select 3 courses with the "Ignatian Service" attribute
Total Credits18

Non-Course Requirements

All six courses include service learning.