Martín-Baró Scholars Program

The Martín-Baró Scholars program is a yearlong living-learning community intended for first-year students at the University of San Francisco. Now completing its eighteenth year, the program integrates five core requirements into a single, comprehensive curriculum that examines issues of poverty, social justice, and diversity.

Using the city of San Francisco as an experiential springboard, students develop their abilities in observation, discussion, analysis, and writing through a multidimensional lens. Students will be proactive in engaging with the societal problems they examine by doing significant service with one community partner for an entire academic year.

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Engaging with Social Justice in San Francisco

This year the central focus of the Martín-Baró Scholars Program is on social justice in San Francisco. To engage with this challenging subject, we will combine our classroom texts and assignments with a service-learning project. Students who successfully complete the Martín-Baró Scholars Program curriculum earn 8 units of credit in the fall, and 8 more units in the spring. MBS typically takes up half of your schedule each semester, allowing you to take two other classes each semester.

Martín-Baró Scholars Fact Sheet

Cores you earn with MBS

  • Oral Communication (Core A1)
  • Writing Communication (Core A2)
  • Literature (Core C1)
  • Community-Engaged Learning (Core CEL)
  • Cultural Diversity designation (Core CD)