Programs by Country: U.S.

USA: Inequality, Poverty and the Social Responsibility of Business (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , U.S.

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughnessy (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I


  • HONR1205    Inequality and Urban Poverty in the United States
  • HONR3310 The Social Responsibility of American Business in the 21st Century


This Program addresses the topic of growing economic inequality and poverty in the US, and the role that business can play in potentially reducing inequality and poverty.  Economic inequality in particular is among the most discussed topics in public policy today, particularly as it exists in large and thriving or once thriving cities.  The obligation of businesses to address inequality is certainly one of the most debated topics in the business community, and is all too often the subject of contentious debate.  It is therefore an exceptionally good time to examine the root causes of economic inequality in the US, and the potential that exists within the private sector to lessen its increasingly harsh and irreversible consequences on disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities.

The material and approach is interdisciplinary, involving concepts and principles from business, economics, sociology and political science.  It is also experiential, with “field work” in five major cities—Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York City.


Traditional | Woods Hole, U.S.

Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

A semester with the Sea Education Association (SEA) is unlike any other study abroad program. It combines an intensive four-week shore component in Woods Hole, MA with a sea voyage either in the Atlantic/Caribbean or in the Pacific. (Depending on the time of year, some voyages may go to Nova Scotia). The interdisciplinary course work teaches more than just Maritime Studies, Nautical Science, and Oceanography; it teaches students about team work, cooperation, and seamanship. Students also learn how to sail a boat, from striking and setting sails to navigating and steering.

Note: This program fulfills most Arts & Sciences requirements for the Marine Studies minor. Please consult Peter Rosen in the Geology Department for more information.

Students may also participate in the Protecting the Phoenix Islands summer program. This 8-week summer session welcomes students to explore one of the last coral wildernesses on earth through one of two academic tracks: science or policy. The Phoenix Islands comprise the Pacific’s largest marine protected area (MPA) and were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students will join marine scientists from SEA, the New England Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on an unprecedented research voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), a region of the world which remains largely unexplored and unvisited.