Graduation Requirements

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At least one CSAC/CER course must be taken to in order to graduate. In addition to opportunities like the popular courses listed below, students have the option of choosing from special topics, departmental courses, and community outreach partners.

There are a few options for meeting CSAC/CER requirements, both with and without credits:

With Credit

CSAC/CER  Sections "A" - All Sections Service Learning: Experiential Activity Placement
3 units

An 80-hour service activity with individual placement contract, journal, evaluation, timesheet, final paper and group verbal reflection.  Required meeting with a CSL administrator prior to contract development and approval.

Available: Fall, Spring, May, Summer

 CSAC/CER-301A Service Learning Initiative:  Adding service learning credit components to an academic course              

1 to 2 units

In negotiation with faculty and a CSL administrator, students may earn 1 or 2 credits (1 credit equates to 30 hours of service and additional reflection; 2 credits doubles those numbers) beyond the departmental course credits.  Students must have a CSL approved placement contract, a reflective component, journal, evaluations, timesheet, final paper, and verbal reflection.  This option may be appropriate for travel courses and study abroad programs.  Approval from the CSL Director is required if completed with travel course.

Available: Fall, Spring, May

CSAC 360: All Sections – 3 units

Service Learning Special Topics

Generally offered in May, CSAC/CER special topics courses integrate service with the curriculum  The standard class involves 40+ hours of class instruction and 30+ hours of service outreach.  Faculty establish their own take-home assignments, but general pre-service preparation, timesheet, journal, final paper, and group verbal reflection are required.  Taught by various faculty – see the Schedule of Classes or contact the Office of Community Service Learning for course descriptions.

Available: May

Without Credits

CSAC Sections  “B” -  0 credits

No transcripted credit, but fulfills the CSAC/CER requirement if approved.

Previous or current public service through work study, volunteer service, or a non-profit job for 80 hours. Formal documentation of hours served (from agency or program) and a final reflective paper must accompany the contract to fulfill community service learning requirement without transcripted credits. 

Available: Fall, Spring, May

Cross-Listed Departmental Courses

Fulfills the CSAC/CER requirement; department course credit only: Students successfully completing faculty-taught departmental 3-or-4 unit courses already integrating a strong service component fulfill the CSAC/CER requirement if the service components require at least 20 hours of service and additional reflection. Students earn departmental credits and fulfill the CSAC/CER requirement, but receive no transcripted CSAC/CER course credits.

CSL Departmental Courses

PHIL-140 | Animal Ethics and Service | Kathie Jenni

The study of animal ethics was integrated with volunteering at several animal shelters. Study on campus and local volunteering were followed by two weeks of full-time service at local animal shelters.

FS-100 | Brave New World | Barbara Pflanz

This course explored connecting service with photography by sending students to various community organizations to create a photograph library of useful images. Students prepared a disk of photos that the organization can use for websites, advertising, décor and newsletters.

BIS-310 | Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior | Mara Winick

Nearly 100 students a year work on 12 consulting projects to help local and non-profit businesses from accounting systems, website development, advertising methods, and more.

REL-250 | Compassion | Fran Grace

This popular course explores what it means to live a life of compassion through these lenses:

1 biographical models such as Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa
2 the compassion teachings of the world's religions
3 first-person investigation of compassion practices

ACCT-360 | Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Greg Lackey

Accounting and business majors learned how to prepare tax documents and served the community by preparing well over 100 income tax returns at no cost through support from the Internal Revenue Service.

CSL Travel Courses

PHIL-145 | Global and Medical Ethics in Africa | James Krueger

This service course focused on public health challenges in the developing world, in particular the continuing HIV pandemic in southern Africa. One week of coursework on campus laid the foundation for three weeks of service work in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

AST-260 | Growing up in Japan | Yukiko Kawahara

Topics of current interest in Asian Studies

CDIS-260 | Service Learning in Latin America | Barbara Conboy

Experiential learning, self-reflection, reading, writing, and discussion were used to foster an understanding of cross-cultural differences in educational approaches and the broad impact of language-learning differences (e.g. bilingualism, language disorders) on children's educational outcomes. Students worked with children in community-based educational programs.

AST-250 | Service in Cambodia | Lawry Finsen

This travel course combined study of contemporary Cambodia and working on service projects. Service projects included working at an elephant forest conservation project and teaching in schools. Field trips explored places like Phnom Penh, Angkor Temples, and the forest/jungle of Mondulkiri.

IDS-366 | Mile High Chemistry at Mammoth Lakes | Rebecca Lyons

Students traveled to Mammoth Lakes, California and worked with Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Labs. They gained hands-on field experience, laboratory skills, mapping, and GIS experience. Due to reductions in federal funding for research on natural resources, the need for ongoing studies by outside agencies and volunteers has increased.