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What makes a city struggle or thrive? How do we shape cities — and how do cities shape us? How can we live harmoniously together in urban spaces? These are all foundational questions that we seek to explore, using Nashville as our primary case study.
A flourishing future depends on our understanding of the complexity of cities and the possibilities they offer. Nashville is full of both — traverse its intricate political, social and economic terrain, and gain hands-on experience with its diverse leaders and neighborhoods. Study a curriculum shaped by public officials, neighborhood activists and business owners. Draw from diverse disciplines to analyze the issues faced by urban areas and create blueprints for a stronger future.
We are preparing grounded leaders for public service, entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit impact. You’ll have opportunities to live out your faith in a community that extends beyond Lipscomb’s campus. Build bridges: crossing highways and connecting people.
Standard admission requirements.
Students may choose 3 of the following for electives to complete the major requirements:
Standard tuition and aid.
A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.
We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.
Meet our key faculty.
Director, Leadership and Public Service
Academic Director at the institute is Michelle D. Steele. With more than 15 years experience working with governmental agencies, Steele served as director of Nashville's Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods for...Learn More
Christin Shatzer serves as the Associate Director of General Education and the Director of Service-Learning for Lipscomb University's SALT Program. In these roles, Shatzer supports student academic programming, and provides...Learn More
Industry Outreach Director
Beth Morrow works in the community and in the classroom in Nashville, Tenn. Morrow serves as a strategic planning and change-management consultant on behalf of the Center for Nonprofit Management,...Learn More
Director, Institute of Sustainable Practice Undergraduate Program
With a M.S. in rural sociology and Ph.D. in forestry from Auburn University, Emily Stutzman joined the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as our full-time Academic Director. She...Learn More
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.
A nonprofit organization furthers a specific social cause or advocates for a shared point of view. Economically, it is an organization that uses its surplus of revenue to further its ultimate objective, rather than distributing that income to its shareholders, leaders, or members.
Government employees work at federal, state or local levels. Public policy is generally defined as a system of laws, regulations, courses of action and funding priorities regarding a specific topic by a governmental entity or its representatives.