HECUA Programs in the Twin Cities
HECUA's off-campus study programs address some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work.
Semester HECUA Programs:
April 15: Deadline for fall semester programs and for summer programs
December 1: Deadline for spring semester programs
If the deadline has passed, contact the HECUA program advisor about openings.
- Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (formerly City Arts: Using the vibrant arts scene of the Twin Cities, this program immerses students in the study of artists and communities using art to inspire social change.
- Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, and Community Action: This program gives students the opportunity to learn the science behind key environmental issues, explore the intersections between social and environmental justice, and participate in public policy and community–based strategies to achieve sustainability.
- Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment (formerly the Metro Urban Studies Term/MUST): This program looks at the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, urban sprawl, regional race and class segregation, and institutional discrimination. Instead of just learning about these problems, students explore solutions and become engaged in organizations committed to social transformation.
- Writing for Social Change: The Personal, the Political, and the Power of the Written Word: This program explores the ways creative writers, spoken word artists, and literature impact communities, and examines the role each plays in addressing pressing social issues.
Summer HECUA Programs:
(4 – 6 credits)
HECUA Info Sessions
Attend a HECUA Info Session to get more information, ask questions, decide if HECUA is right for you or not, and pick up an application form.
What Does HECUA Mean?
The HECUA acronym stands for Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs.
(You won't be required to remember that!) HECUA is a nonprofit consortium based in St. Paul. It includes 17 colleges and universities, with the University of Minnesota among its founding members. HECUA strives to build knowledge and community while enabling students to create social change.
HECUA also offers international programs in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway. Visit the hecua.org International Programs page for information. U of M students must apply for these programs via the U of M's Learning Abroad Center.