Community-Engaged Learning Courses

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 priorities or needs.

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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 facilitate community partnerships.

Courses for Fall 2021

This list was updated on 8/25/2021. Please check back for updates or email [email protected] 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.

  • AGRO 4096W: Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (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)
  • 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 (CESP students must be working in a non-profit, community group or governmental organization) (CBS)
  • CI 3101: Issues in Urban Education  (CEHD)
  • CI 3212: Practicum in Elementary Teaching (CEHD)
  • CI 3283: Practicum Special Education K-6 (CEHD)
  • CI 3611W: Basics in Teaching English as a Second Language (CEHD)
  • CI 3901: Exploring the Teaching Profession I (CEHD)
  • COMM 1101-014, -018, & -024 Introduction to Public Speaking (sections taught by Liora Elias only) (CLA)
  • COMM 3411-002: Introduction to Small Group Communication (section taught by Andrea Shada only) (CLA)
  • COMM 3614: Advanced Public Policy and Debate (CLA)
  • COMM 3896: Internship in Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • COMM 4251: Environmental Communication (CLA)
  • 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) (CEHD)
  • CPSY 5241: Practicum in Early Childhood Education (CEHD)
  • CPSY 5281: Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (CEHD)
  • CPSY 5996: Field Experience in Applied Child and Adolescent Development (CEHD)
  • DH 3238: Dental Public Health and Academic Service Learning (COD)
  • ENGL 1501W: Literature and Public Life (CLA)
  • ENGL 3023: Children’s Literature (CLA)
  • ENGL 3502: Nature Stories: Environmental Discourse in Action (CLA)
  • ENGL 3505: Protest Literature and Community Action (CLA) 
  • ENGL 3741: Literacy and American Cultural Diversity (CLA)
  • EPSY 2601: Understanding Differences, Disabilities and the Career of Special Education (CEHD)
  • EPSY 3303: Educational Psychology Undergraduate Practicum (CEHD)
  • EPSY 3303H: Educational Psychology Undergraduate Practicum (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 4041W: Problem Solving for Environmental Change (CFANS)
  • ESPM 4096: Professional Experience Program Internship (CFANS) 
  • FNRM 3101: Park and Protected Area Tourism (CFANS)
  • FNRM 5101: Park and Protected Area Tourism (CFANS)
  • FSOS 1211: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Family in Multicultural America (CEHD)
  • FSOS 4296: Field Study: Working With Families (CEHD)
  • FSCN 4096: Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS) 
  • GEOG 3376: Political Ecology of North America (CLA)
  • HIST 3000: New Topics in History: Youth and Public History (CLA)
  • HIST 3001: Public History (CLA)
  • HIST 4970: History Day Mentorship  (CLA)
  • HORT 4096W: Professional Experience Program: Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • JOUR 5196: Field Based Practicum (CLA)
  • KIN 3696: Supervised Practical Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)  (CEHD)
  • LEAD 3971: Leadership Minor Field Experience (UGE) 
  • MGMT 5018: Philanthropy & Fundraising Strategy (CSOM)
  • NURS 4303: Practicum: Person Centered Care of Adults in Acute Care (SON)
  • NURS 4305: Practicum: Community-based Care of Families Across the Life Span (SON)
  • NURS 4435: Immunization Tour (SON)
  • NURS 4703: Specialty Focused Practicum I (SON)
  • NURS 4704: Continuum of Care Practicum (SON)
  • OLPD 4696: Applied Experience in Business Marketing Education & Human Resource Development (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)  (CEHD)
  • PA 1401: Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action
  • POL 3080: Internship in Politics or Government (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • PSY 3301: Introduction to Cultural Psychology (CLA)
  • PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (CLA)
  • PSY 3903W: Major Project in Psychology - Community Engagement (CLA)
  • SMGT 3996: Practicum: The Sport Experience (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization)  (CEHD)
  • SOC 4141/4141H: Youth Crime & Punishment (CLA)
  • SOC 4190: Topics in Sociology with Law, Criminology, and Deviance Emphasis - Black Lives Matter and the Future of Policing (CLA)
  • SOC 4966W-001: Capstone Experience: Seminar (CLA)
  • SW 1501: Introduction to Peace Studies  (CEHD)
  • SW 2501W: Introduction to Social Justice  (CEHD)           
  • SW 3501: Theories and Practices of Social Change Organizing  (CEHD)
  • SW 3702: Introduction to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Prevention  (CEHD)
  • SPAN 3401: Latino Immigration and Community Engagement (CLA)
  • SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship (CLA)
  • 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 4662W: Writing With Digital Technologies (CLA)
  • YOST 2101: Urban Youth and Youth Issues  (CEHD)
  • YOST 3321: Facilitating Outdoor Experiences  (CEHD)
  • YOST 4196: Youthwork Internship (CEHD)

Courses offered Spring 2022

This list was updated on 11/19/2021. Please check back for updates or email [email protected] 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. Due to COVID-19 some courses have created alternatives to CEL. 


  • AFRO 3426: Deconstructing the Welfare State: African Americans & Social Policy (CLA)
  • AECM 3431: Communicating Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science to the Public (CFANS)
  • AECM 4115: Culturally Responsive Engagement in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (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
  • AMER 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CLA)
  • ANSC 4096 : Professional Experience Program Internship (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CFANS)
  • ARTH 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 3996 : 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)
  • CHIC 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CLA)
  • CSPH 4313: Hatha Yoga Teaching Principles & Methodology
  • CSPH 5315: Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, & Healing
  • COMM 3411-004, -005: Small Group Communication (Andrea Shada sections only) (CLA)
  • COMM 3614: Advanced Public Policy and Debate (CLA)
  • COMM 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CLA)
  • COMM 4251: Environmental Communication (CLA)
  • CPSY 3896: Internship in Child Psychology (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • CPSY 4315: Practicum in Early Childhood Trauma-Informed Care (CEHD)
  • 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: 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)
  • CI 5414: Practicum: Working with Developing Readers (CEHD)
  • ECON 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CESP students must be working in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CLA)
  • ENGL 1501W-001: 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 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)
  • 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)
  • HECU 355W: Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling and Activism From Consumers to Creators
  • HECU 3556: Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling and Activism Digital Laboratory
  • HECU 3557: Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism Digital Media Internship
  • HECU 3558: Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism Digital Media Internship
  • HECU 3571W: Inequality in America: A Political Economy Approach
  • HECU 3572: Inequality in America: Political Sociology of Building Power, Change and Equity
  • HECU 3573: Inequality in America: Internship and Integration Seminar
  • HECU 3581: Art for Social Change: Art and Culture in Political, Social and Historical Context
  • HECU 3582: Art for Social Change: Arts Praxis - Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field
  • HECU 3583: Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity and Advocacy Internship & Integration Seminar
  • HECU 3591: Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Climate & Environmental Justice
  • HECU 3592: Environmental Sustainability: Ecology and Socio-ecological Systems Change
  • HECU 3593: Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Field Research Method & Investigation
  • HECU 3594: Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, & Cmty Action Internship
  • HIST 3896: Internship for Academic Credit (CLA)
  • HIST 4970: History Day Mentorship (CLA)
  • 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)
  • 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 3971-001: Leadership Minor Field Experience - Youth & Education
  • LEAD 3971-002: Leadership Minor Field Experience - Social Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 4000: Social Venturing in Action (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 3896: Internship in Psychology (CLA)
  • PSY 3903W: Major Project - Community Engagement (CLA)
  • RM 4196: Internship in Retail Merchandising (CESP students must be in a non-profit or governmental organization) (CDES)
  • 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 3501: Theories and Practices of Social Change Organizing (CEHD)
  • SW 3702: Introduction to Adult Intimate Partner Violence: Intervention and Prevention (CEHD)
  • SW 4501: Senior Seminar in Social Justice (CEHD)
  • SOC 3090: Topics in Sociology - Happiness and Wellbeing - Sociological Perspectives CLA)
  • SOC 4111: Deviant Behavior (CLA)
  • SOC 4966W: Major Project Seminar (CLA)
  • SPAN 3401: Latino Immigration and Community Service (CLA)
  • SPAN 3404: Medical Spanish and Community Health Learning (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 4501/5501: 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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