Community-Engaged Courses

Community-engaged courses provide significant curricular collaboration with community partners for the educational benefit of the students that meets the identified needs and goals of the community partner. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate the connection between the course content, community, and civic responsibility.

Community Engaged Courses Incorporate the following

  • Faculty member (and/or students) works cooperatively and responsively with community partner to meet partner identified needs.
  • Include community engagement learning goal on course syllabus
  • Assign community engaged learning post test
  • Students contribute 12.5 hours towards the project or need as pre-identified in reciprocation with the community partner.
  • Combination of 12.5 hours outside of class or in-class/lab periods (or equivalent of)


  • ART 392 - Ceramics: Students create ceramic bowls for Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • PHIL 107 - Art of Living Ethically: Students in the course work as team to conduct a philosophy workshop at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
  • BIOL 241 - Freshwater Ecology: Students engage in a semester-long research project centered around a local community issue. Groups present at a community symposium and engage with local stakeholders.
  • POLI 321 - Public Policy: Students develop policy proposals to address local issues facing Springfield. They learn about local issues by interviewing local leaders and present their policy proposals to the Springfield City Manager and staff.
  • SOCI 101 - Introduction to Sociology: Students complete a community engagement project throughout the semester in small groups that require students to volunteer with the mobile food pantry, write a reflection, and present a final project examining food scarcity and inequality.
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