Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning promotes academically-grounded, community engagement.  From one hour encounters to semester long explorations, community-based learning is tailored to enhance academic goals in all disciplines.

For instance, philosophy students have used their experience as volunteers to reflect on what it means to “give time.”  Sociology students have mentored at-risk youth to better understand juvenile delinquency.  Theater students have collected oral histories and woven them into a community-constructed play.  Community-based learning takes many forms: field trips, mentoring, quantitative research, ethnography, or service, as well as internships, special projects, Venture grants and fellowships.

Interested? Want to learn more? Good.

Well start by perusing this website - it has a lot to offer for students, faculty, and community members. But don't stop there; send us an email, give us a call, or come visit us in person at the Liberal Arts in Practice Center (the red brick building on the corner of Emerson and College St. with chard growing on the steps), so that we can serve your specific interests.

Carol Wickersham, the Director of Community-Based Learning is available to help students, faculty and community partners conceive of and construct opportunities that enhance academic learning and promote the public good. Contact her at:

The Liberal Arts in Practice Center (corner of College and Emerson Street)
700 College St.
Beloit, WI  53511
(608) 363-2023

Still not convinced? Well here's:
9 Reasons for students to do Community-Based Learning (CBL)

  • Apply, challenge and reflect on what you’ve learned in the classroom.
  • Earn academic credit and build your résumé.
  • Do something meaningful other than school work RIGHT NOW.
  • Encounter new circumstances that make you ask questions about the world.
  • Know your community and establish a sense of place.
  • Meet new people, make friends, and make contacts that may help you get jobs after college.
  • Develop cultural reflexivity.
  • Learn how to collaborate with other people and work effectively.
  • It’s fun!