Community-Based Learning

Coordinator/Dept. Chair: 
Brenda Papineau
Campus Address: 
Whitman Annex Room 4
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Through the Center for Civic Engagement, Community-Based Learning (CBL) offers opportunities to combine community engagement and service with course based activities and assignments in ways that are designed to promote student learning and personal development. Community Placement options include, but are not limited to: Advocacy Agencies, Boys & Girls Clubs, Churches, Day Care Centers, Farms, Office for the Aging Programming and Public Schools. 

All CBL courses integrate community experiences with course material. Through a guided process, students are assigned a "Community Mentor" (CM). A CM helps facilitate both an on-campus and agency orientation and then serves as a liaison throughout the semester to ensure a quality experience. On average, CBL courses require approximately 20 hours of service per semester and in some cases, courses may require up to 40 hours. The CBL experience requires consistent, weekly engagement spread across 10 weeks of the semester calendar, rather than large blocks during a short period of time.

In addition to the First-Year Program courses that incorporate CBL, other course based opportunities are available to students beginning in the second semester of the First Year and beyond. For additional opportunities and future course offerings, please visit: Center for Civic Engagement.