Integrating Community-Based Learning

Integrating community-based learning can sometimes be a challenge. One of the most common concerns is that it must be a major piece of any course in which it's included. Nothing could be further from the truth. Below are examples of successful community-based learning projects, organized by their students' developmental level, course content and student time required. Along with the write-ups, you'll find analysis of why they functioned well and how their high-functioning aspects can be abstracted.

Remember, not every class needs a service learning "Cadillac"; sometimes the best fit is a "bicycle." These examples should help you scale community-based learning to your course.

For more information on getting started, see our community-based learning guide.

Examples of Community-Based Learning Courses

Note: Courses with community-based learning components may be offered only once, repeatedly, or as a part of only one section of a course with multiple sections. Focus of topics and projects, partnering community agencies, and offerings within schools and departments may be subject to change each semester. Please consult department advisors or faculty and current course listings for details on specific courses.

Related programs:

First Year Initiative (FYI)--The FYI Seminar is one of four courses taken during the first semester at Beloit College.The program introduces students both to the Beloit College campus and the community as well as to the professor who will be their advisor in the liberal arts--for the next two years.  FYI seminars help students navigate the transition to college, while offering them an engaging and challenging introduction to academic inquiry.

Help Yourself (HY)--Help Yourself, now in its 25th year at Beloit College, works to facilitate academic success, college access, and career education for 150 6th-12th grade students from the greater Beloit community.

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Art and Art History
Education and Youth Studies
Environmental Studies
Health and Society
Museum Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Critical Identity Studies

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