The Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in Philadelphia. This urban experience facilitates engagement with the diversity, complexity, innovation, and systems of the city. The program is being piloted in Spring 2019-Spring 2020.
Students will enroll in urban-focused courses from different disciplines taught by Tri-Co faculty in Philadelphia. The urban setting provides a sense of place to enhance the classroom experience, helping students learn first hand how the material in the courses is informed by the environment around them.
Speakers and representatives from organizations will be invited guests in the classes, and students will explore the city through neighborhood tours and also through trips to museums, community-based organizations, archives, and arts and cultural organizations.
In spring 2020, students will take the core course The Philadelphia Mosaic: Immigrant Communities in the City (CITY B214), and one of the following two elective courses: Behavioral Public Policy in the City (ECON 003) or Philadelphia’s Opioid Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Interventions (HLTH 223). All elective courses for spring 2020 and will include an Engaged Scholarship/Praxis component in which courses will be partnering with organizations on a diverse array of projects.
The program also includes participation in monthly Philadelphia-based activities—some academic in nature, some connected to issues of social justice, and some simply fun—as well as the opportunity to attend talks and engage with volunteer opportunities in the city. Additionally, the program will include an orientation, a mid-semester gathering and a closing dinner.
Tri-Co sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to participate in the program. Expenses related to travel for classes and for co- and extracurricular programming will be covered for students accepted into the program. Travel to Tri-Co Philly classes will also be covered for students taking a class, but not enrolled in the program.
For faculty, the Tri-Co Philly Program facilitates engagement with the city—through both grants to support connecting on-campus courses with Philadelphia, and opportunities to teach program courses in the city.