Departmental Courses

Certain faculty-taught departmental 3 or 4 credit courses may naturally integrate a strong service component. If these service components require at least 20 hours of service and additional verbal reflection, students may contract to meet the CSAC requirement through this option. Courses must be approved to meet the requirement by the CSL Director and Academic Affairs. Students earn departmental credit, but no transcripted CSAC credit. Approved courses will be identified with a CS (Community Service) designation in the LAF column of the Schedule of Classes.

The following courses have a minimum of 20 to 30 hours of service outreach built within the curriculum.

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.

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.

CHEM-360 | Environment Chem Field Experience | Rebecca Lyons

Deepened understanding of natural systems, including chemical analysis of lakes, soils, and atmosphere with a GIS and mapping component. 

EVST-250 | Environmental Design Studio 1 | Alana Belcon

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving with some using GIS and other spatial analysis tools as a service to the community at large.

EVST-350 | Environmental Design Studio 2 | Daniel Klooster

Students work collaboratively in teams on environmental problem-solving with some using GIS and other spatial analysis tools as a service to the community at large. Research concepts and tools are more complex in advanced levels of this sequence. 

LBST-201 | Studies in Education | Amber Kaura

This course allows students the opportunity to relate their own educational experiences and knowledge of disciplinary subject matter to their developing philosophy of education while serving in schools.

PHIL-121 | 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.

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

REST- 210 | Reach Juvenile Justice | Jennifer Tilton

Students learn about the juvenile justice system as they volunteer to work with incarcerated youth as tutors and workshop facilitators.

REST- 225 | Juvenile Justice: Coming of Age | Jennifer Tilton

Students learn about the juvenile justice system from the inside out in a shared classroom with young men who are incarcerated in San Bernardino.

SOAN-324 | Hunger and Homelessness in America | Jim Spickard

Students combine classroom study with field experiences and community service work in outside agencies dedicated to addressing this critical social problem.

SPAN-450 | Hispanic Poetry Genres | Ivonne Vailakis

Examination of poetry through its varied expressions in hispanic literature. Students focus on the historical development of the poetry of Latin America and Spain.

FS-100.07 | Sustainability Planning | Shellie Zias-Roe

This course focuses on integrating a more diverse, place-based, and socially-just approach to creating healthy, equitable, and ecological communities.  

FS-100.23 | Brave (the) 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.

FS-100.35 | Connecting With the Wild: Wilderness, Leadership, and Adventure | Andrew Hollis

This course focuses on the concepts of wilderness, leadership, and adventure as context for exploring growth and development in the great outdoors. 

CSL Travel Courses

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.

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.

EVST-351 | PanaMapping GIS in the Jungle | Daniel Klooster

Nicknamed 'GIS in the Jungle', students work in Panamanian rainforest preserve to gather original empirical evidence of forest growth, carbon content, watersheds, land cover, and land cover change. They produce maps and present their data and interpretations to conservation area stakeholders. Conservation challenges in indigenous areas are also addressed.