Feb 04, 2023  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public and Community Service Studies

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Bachelor of Arts 

Public and Community Service Studies (PSP) offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on solving real-world problems. PSP students work closely with faculty and community partners to research and address complex issues and then reflect on this shared work to develop the leadership skills necessary for making positive social change. The department’s innovative curriculum, the first of its kind in the country, continues to make it a pioneer and leader in community engaged, experiential learning.

PSP offers introductory courses that are open to all students, as well as major and minor courses that cover central themes such as rebuilding democratic communities, re-thinking effective service, and organizing for social justice. The academic program is built on a collaborative teaching model with all of the courses integrating community engaged learning in an intentional way. With a dynamic group of faculty and community partners, students are asked to be co-creators of their learning. Students engage in a diverse range of community work including direct service, community organizing, community development, and public policy. In the process, students develop 21st century skills like public speaking, community building, working across cultural boundaries, organizational development, policy analysis, and collaborative research.

Please Note:

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources   section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online. 

Required Courses

B. Thematic Concentration

Students design a self-selected three-course track connected to the study of public and community service. Tracks are designed in consultation with the academic advisor and department chair, and are organized around topics of interest such as “youth development,” “environmental sustainability,” or “nonprofit management.”  Courses from the track can be designated PSP courses or courses taken in other departments at the College or during study abroad.

C. Leadership Skills and Fieldwork Experience (three courses, 9 credits)

D. The Capstone Experience (two semesters, 6 credits)

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