Community-Engaged Learning Courses

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There are many definitions of Community-Engaged learning. Here at the University of Minnesota, we use the term to describe a teaching method that incorporates community involvement into coursework. This class-related community involvement enhances students' understanding of course materials. While deepening the learning process in this way, students build a sense of civic responsibility. At that same time, they address community-identified needs.

COVID-19 Changes to Community-Engaged Learning

Until further notice, all off-campus, in-person activities conducted for credit must be pre-approved either through the student's academic program or through the Center for Community-Engaged Learning, facilitated through this application process. 

Please read the following information carefully before completing this request. 

Will I need approval?

Approval is required if ALL of the following are true:

• the learning activity or experience will be conducted off campus at a site that is not part of the University of Minnesota;
• students will be present at the off-campus site to conduct to the work; AND
• the site-based field activity counts towards students' academic progress (i.e., students receive academic credit for the activity or experience; the experience is used to fulfill required field work hours for CESP).

Approval is NOT required if ANY of the following are true:
• the entire internship or other community-based learning activity is conducted remotely;
• no academic credit is given for the experience and the experience will not count toward CESP
• the work is conducted on one's own time as an individual rather than as a "student" (For example, volunteering on the weekends, conducting paid work as an organization's employee, etc.).

Complete this form to request approval to conduct in-person community-based or field-based internships, capstones, service-learning, or other activity for credit during the FALL 2020 semester.

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning will review all requests, contact the organization to secure necessary information and will notify students and organization contact of the decision within 3-5 business days of receiving required information.

Thank you for your understanding with this process and for doing your part to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Approvals are given only for work that is eligible under Governor Walz's Executive Orders.

The primary goal is to ensure everyone's safety while engaged in University-sponsored, off-campus field-based learning activities for credit.

Approvals are determined based on answers to the following questions:

  • How necessary is it for students to be at the site? Can the work be conduct remotely (without being present at the community or field site)?
  • Is the field experience or community-based learning experience required for an academic program, a curriculum, or licensure/credential program?
  • Are the safety protocols and practices at the site at which students will conduct their work appropriate for the kinds of activities that will be performed? (All sites must have required safety protocols in place; Higher risk activities require more strict protocols.)
  • Have students received the information and training (if required) on safety procedures and protocols necessary for them to conduct their site-based work safely?
  • Is there a system in place to track students' participation at the site (i.e., dates and times when they are present on site)?
  • Is there adequate supervision of students' on-site work?
  • Does limiting or removing the community-based activity put the health and/or safety of individuals or groups at risk?

Special consideration is given to:

• students who must complete field-based work to complete licensing requirements;
• students who need field-based credit to complete a degree program or to graduate;
• international students who must enroll in for-credit courses to be able to secure internship appointments;
• students with special needs or circumstances that prevent them from conducting work remotely; and
• students who are already work at sites (i.e., as an employee) and are looking to use the site to fulfill an internship or other field-based requirement.

Please note that even when one or more of these conditions exist, approvals are not guaranteed.

Use Schedule Builder to learn more about the community-engaged learning classes offered through a wide range of academic programs. CCEL partners with faculty and departments teaching many of these classes to support students and to faciliate community partnerships.

This list was updated on 8/21/2020. Please check back for updates or email hirtx002@umn.edu to inquire about a course not on this list. Please make sure to check on prerequisites and other requirements when considering a course. During the COVID-19 times, course instructors will be determining how to best move forward if the University is continuing to teach online and require remote community-engaged learning participation, thus some courses may not look the same as they would prior to March 2020.

  • AECM 3096: Internship (CESP must be working in a not-for-profit or governmental organization)
  • AGRO 4096W: Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • AHS 1602: The Future Physician III: Experiences in Health
  • ANSC 4096: Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • BA 3999: Internship Seminar (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • BIOL 2301: Dean’s Scholar: Critical Service Learning
  • BIOL 3610: Internship: Professional Experience in Biological Sciences
  • CESP 3993-002: Explorations of Self, Community, and Engagement during Turbulent Times
  • CHIC 1275/3275: Engaged Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community
  • CI 3101: Issues in Urban Education
  • CI 3212: Practicum in Elementary Teaching
  • CI 3283: Practicum Special Education K-6
  • CI 3611W: Basics in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • CI 3901: Exploring the Teaching Profession I
  • COMM 3411-004: Introduction to Small Group Communication (section taught by Andrea Shada only)
  • COMM 3896: Internship in Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
  • CPSY 3896: Internship in Child Psychology (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • CPSY 5241: Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • CPSY 5281: Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
  • DES 3331: Street Life Urban Design Seminar
  • DH 3238: Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning
  • ENGL 1501W: Literature and Public Life
  • ENGL 3502: Nature Stories: Environmental Discourse in Action
  • ENGL 3505: Protest Literature and Community Action
  • ENGL 3741: Literacy and American Cultural Diversity
  • EPSY 2601: Understanding Differences, Disabilities and the Career of Special Education
  • EPSY 3303: Educational Psychology Undergraduate Practicum
  • ESPM 3011W: Ethics in Natural Resources
  • ESPM 4041W: Problem Solving for Environmental Change
  • FSOS 1211: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America
  • FSOS 4296: Field Study: Working With Families
  • FSCN 4096: Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • GEOG 3376: Political Ecology of North America
  • GCC 3026-001: Stepping Into the Gap: How can you support diversity in STEM?
  • GCC 3037: Wealth & Inequality: Past, Present, Future
  • HIST 4970-001: Historical Internship
  • HORT 4096W: Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • JOUR 5196: Field Based Practicum
  • KIN 3696: Supervised Practical Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • LEAD 3971: Leadership Minor Field Experience
  • NURS 4305: Practicum: Community-based Care of Families Across the Life Span
  • NURS 4704: Continuum of Care Practicum
  • OLPD 4696: Applied Experience in Business Marketing Education & Human Resource Development (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • PA 1401: Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action
  • PHIL 1007: Introduction to Political Philosophy Practicum (must be concurrently registered in PHIL 1004W: Introduction to Political Philosophy)
  • POL 3080: Internship in Politics or Government (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • PSY 3903W: Major Project in Psychology - Community Engagement
  • SMGT 3996: Practicum: The Sport Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • SOC 4141/4141H: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 4966W-001: Capstone Experience: Seminar
  • SW 1501: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • SW 2501W: Introduction to Social Justice
  • SW 3501: Theories and Practices of Social Change Organizing
  • SW 3702: Introduction to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Prevention
  • SPAN 3401: Latino Immigration and Community Engagement
  • SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship
  • WRIT 3896: Internship in Technical Writing and Communication (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)
  • YOST 2101: Urban Youth and Youth Studies
  • YOST 4196: Youth Work Internship

This list was updated on 5/26/2020. Please check back for updates or email hirtx002@umn.edu to inquire about a course not on this list. Please make sure to check on prerequisites and other requirements when considering a course. Some courses listed below include a CEL track and non-CEL track.

  • GCC 3005/5005: Innovation for the Public Good: Post-Pandemic Venture Design
  • LEAD 3971: Leadership Minor Field Experience
  • PA 1401: Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action

This list was updated on 1/14/2020. Please check back for updates or email hirtx002@umn.edu to inquire about a course not on this list. Please make sure to check on prerequisites and other requirements when considering a course. Some courses listed below include a CEL track and non-CEL track.

  • AAS 3271: Learning in the Asian American Community (CLA)
  • AAS 3503: Asian American Identities, Families & Communities( CLA)
  • AFRO 3426: Deconstructing the Welfare State: African Americans & Social Policy (CLA)
  • AECM 3431: Communicating Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science to the Public (CFANS)
  • AGRO 4096W : Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • AGRO 5321: Ecology of Agricultural Systems (CFANS)
  • AHS 1602 : The Future Physician III: Experiences in Health
  • ANSC 4096 : Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • ARTS 3481: Curatorial Practice Field Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • ARTH 3896 : Directed Professional Experience (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • BA 3999 : Internship Seminar (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CSOM)
  • BIOL 2301: Dean's Scholar: Critical Service-Learning (CBS)
  • BIOL 3610: Internship Professional Experience in Biological Sciences (CBS)
  • CNES 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • CSPH 4313: Hatha Yoga Teaching Principles & Methodology 
  • CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing 
  • CLA 2005 : Introduction to Liberal Education and Responsible Citizenship (CLA)
  • COMM 1101-011, 019, 020: Introduction to Public Speaking (sections taught by Liora Elias only) (CLA)
  • COMM 3411-004: Small Group Communication (Andrea Shada section only) (CLA)
  • COMM 3614: Advanced Public Policy and Debate (CLA)
  • COMM 4250: Environmental Communication (CLA)
  • CPSY 3896: Internship in Child Psychology (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • CPSY 5241: Practicum in Early Childhood Education (CEHD)
  • CSCL 3896: Internships for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • CI 3101: Introduction to Issues in Urban Education (CEHD)
  • CI 3212: Practicum: Elementary Teaching (CEHD)
  • CI 3283: Practicum: Special Education K-6 (CEHD)
  • CI 3611W: Basics in Teaching English as a Second Language (CEHD)
  • CI 3902: Exploring the Teaching Profession II (CEHD)
  • DH 4139 : Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning II  (SofD)
  • ECON 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • ENGL 1501W: Literature of Public Life (CLA)
  • ENGL 3506: Social Movements and Community Education (CLA)
  • ENGL 3741: Literacy and American Cultural Diversity (CLA)
  • ENGL 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • EPSY 2601: Understanding Differences, Disabilities and the Career of Special Education (CEHD)
  • EPSY 3105: Community Engaged Research Experiences in K-12 Contexts (CEHD)
  • EPSY 3701/5701: Practicum: Field Experience in General Education - Inclusive Classrooms (CEHD)
  • EPSY 5704: Practicum Special Education Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Education Classrooms (CEHD)
  • EPSY 5705: Practicum Special Ed in Early Childhood SPED (ECSE) and Elementary Education Classrooms (CEHD)
  • ESPM 3011W: Ethics in Natural Resources (CFANS)
  • ESPM 4811/5811: Environmental Interpretation (CFANS)
  • FDSY 4101: Holistic Approaches to Improving Food Systems Sustainability (CFANS)
  • FNRM 4232W/5232W: Managing Recreational Lands (CFANS)
  • FSOS 1211: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America (CEHD)
  • FSOS 2107: Preparation for Family and Community Engagement (CEHD)
  • FSOS 4296: Field Study Working with Families (CEHD)
  • FSOS 4153: Family Financial Counseling (CEHD)
  • FSCN 4096 : Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • GLOS 3896: Global Studies Internship (CLA)
  • GWSS 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • GWSS 4590: Topics: Social Change, Activism, Law, and Policy Studies - Social Justice Praxis with Youth in Urban Schools (CLA)
  • HIST 4970: Historical Internship (CLA)
  • HORT 4096 : Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • HORT 4096W: Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • JOUR 4175: Brovald-Sim Community Journalism Practicum (CLA)
  • JOUR 5196: Field Based Practicum (CLA)
  • JWST 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • KIN 3696 : Supervised Practical Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CEHD)
  • LEAD 3971: Leadership Minor Field Experience 
  • MGMT 4000: Social Venturing in Action (CSOM)
  • MGMT 4018: Philanthropy & Fundraising Strategy (CSOM)
  • NURS 4305: Practicum Community-based Care of Families Across the Lifespan (SofN)
  • PA 1401: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action (HSPA)
  • PA 5108: Board Leadership Development (HSPA)
  • PA 5311: Program Evaluation (HSPA)
  • POL 3080: Internships in Politics or Government  (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • PSY 3301: Introduction to Cultural Psychology (CLA)
  • PSY 3903W: Major Project - Community Engagement (CLA)
  • REC 1501: Orientation to Leisure and Recreation (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization and do a minimum of 20 hours at one organization) (CEHD)
  • REC 3796: Senior Internship in Recreation, Park, and Leisure (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CEHD)
  • SCMC 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • SMGT 3996: Practicum: The Sport Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CEHD)
  • SW 1501: Introduction to Peace Studies (CEHD)
  • SW 2501W: Introduction to Social Justice (CEHD)
  • SW 3702: Introduction to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Prevention (CEHD)
  • SW 4501: Senior Seminar in Social Justice (CEHD)
  • SOC 3503: Asian American Identities, Families & Communities (CLA)
  • SOC 3503H: Asian American Identities, Families & Communities (CLA)
  • SOC 4966W: Major Project Seminar (CLA)
  • SPAN 3401: Latino Immigration and Community Service (CLA)
  • SPAN 3404: Medical Spanish and Community Health Service (CLA)
  • SLHS 3402V: Major Project in Speech and Hearing Science Honors (CLA)
  • SLHS 3402W: Major Project in Speech and Hearing Science (CLA)
  • SUST 3017: Environmental Justice
  • SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship
  • URBS 3896: Urban Studies Internship Seminar (CLA)
  • WRIT 3896: Internship in Technical Writing and Communication (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • WRIT 4501: Usability and Human Factors in Technical Communication (CLA)
  • YOST 3032: Adolescent and Youth Development for Youthworkers (CEHD)
  • YOST 4196: Youthwork Internship (CEHD)

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