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Curriculum Overview

HLLC scholars participate in a shared interdisciplinary curriculum built upon themes related to “local citizenship in a global world.” The curriculum promotes critical intellectual inquiry, increases cultural competence, and explores what it means to be a responsible citizen, both locally and globally.

The HLLC curriculum serves as a second concentration and seamlessly intersects with each scholar’s major curriculum, encouraging scholars to explore how local and global issues emerge in their various fields of study. The curriculum also engages HLLC scholars in existing anchor institution collaborations in Newark, allowing them draw out the local-global connections in publicly engaged scholarship and education. The HLLC curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 credits in HLLC designated courses (with the timing of courses subject to student’s’ major and/or status as a first year or transfer student).

The curriculum includes four core classes and a combination of HLLC inter-disciplinary elective courses taught by world renowned-faculty from various academic departments, local community leaders, and public scholars. 

HLLC Electives — Special Topics Courses

All HLLC elective courses are focused on themes related to local citizenship in a global world. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. HLLC elective courses provide scholars with opportunities for intellectual exploration, as well as an introduction to advanced techniques in critical analysis, research, or fieldwork. Elective courses are intentionally cross-disciplinary and may satisfy requirements in a variety of academic majors.


The capstone experience builds upon the foundations of the HLLC core courses to engage scholars more deeply in how issues of social inequity can be addressed through the lens of their specific academic disciplines and community-engaged scholarship. Each scholar is expected to create a capstone project to be conducted at RU-N, in a local community (preferably Newark), or at an international site. For example, scholars may be involved in research projects, intern with local not-for-profits or government agencies, or engage in international academic or service learning projects, among others.