Program in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

The Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities (PJHC) Program provides students with a multifaceted understanding of human wellbeing both within the United States and internationally.

This interdisciplinary program emphasizes a “capabilities approach,” which considers what people are able to do and be — for example, live to old age and engage in economic and political activities — rather than strictly what material goods they possess. The program also acknowledges the central importance of a variety of additional influences on wellbeing beyond income, such as gender, racial and ethnic disparities, health status, education, human rights, political freedoms, and material necessities like food and shelter.

A key goal of the program is to enrich students’ understanding of poverty and inequality so that, regardless of their choice of occupation, they will maintain a longstanding commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of all people. More generally, the program trains students to be leaders in solving global problems.

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