This form of Community Engaged Learning (CEL) integrates service to the community with specific course curriculum. As part of the requirements of earning course credit, students complete a placement and/or a project defined by a community organization to advance their mission. CEL courses are offered within various faculties and disciplines. This hands-on, practical experience in the community allows gaining a deeper understanding of course content as it applies to local and international contexts.
Curricular Community Engaged Learning can take two forms:
Students spend between 2-6 hours a week over a course of a term working both on- and off- site for the organization fulfilling a specific need(s) and completing a project determined by the community partner.
Students work in a group (approx. 3-10 students) to complete a project and deliver a specific outcome determined by the community partner.
In general, students and community partners are expected to work together, on average, 2 hours per week for the duration of 8-10 weeks over the course of the term (or longer for full year courses) toward completion of a placement and/or project determined by the partnering organization.