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.

Business 310.01: Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior

Nearly 100 students a year work on around 12 consulting projects to help local and non-profit businesses with things from accounting systems, website development, advertising methods, and more. Students gain valuable work experience as well as direct involvement in their community, gaining a sense of empowerment that shows we can make a difference.

First Year Seminar: Digital Imagination

Explore photography as a form of community service! Barbara takes her students to various community projects and organizations to take photos of their service. The students are taught photography skills as well digital mastering and community values. At the end of the semester, the students prepare a disk of photos that the organization can use for their website, advertising, decoration, or however they please.

Bulldogs in Service

Camp Ronald Mcdonald for good times takes a group of students, primarily on the football team, to Camp Ronald Mcdonald for good times near Idlewyld. This camp specifically serves kids with cancer and stays up in the camp for an entire week in rustic cabins with just their gear and sleeping bag. The students fundraise for their own food prior to the camp. Unlike the other volunteers, this group consists of a lot of strong guys. So they primarily focus on the heavy lifting jobs that other groups can't do. Every day they treat our tasks like a football game-Hit it hard, get as much done as quick as possible, and do it with high quality.

English in Japan REL 411 or AST 160.01
May Term

This course takes University students to Japan to teach English skills to Japanese school children. In addition to teaching in Japanese classrooms, students will become acquainted with Japanese culture by visiting museums, schools, Buddhist temples, and a Shinto shrine. The English in Japan course emphasizes the impact that college students can have on younger children anywhere in the world. (Offered as REL 411)

Psychology Capstone Fieldwork

Psychology majors electing to complete their capstone project at a non-profit agency may apply the capstone experience towards their CSAC requirements. Because many CSAC placements take place at agencies dealing with mental health and emotional health issues, it is fitting that psychology majors meet the spirit of the CSAC expectation through their capstone project. Students electing to complete CSAC through capstone fieldwork must notify the Director of Community Service Learning prior to their capstone experience.

The intrinsic value of the capstone experience captures the essence of service outreach and no additional final papers or verbal reflections are required from capstone participants.

Service in Latin America
May Term

Service in Latin America takes Redlands students to a Latin American country for a first-hand look at political challenges and class issues facing our neighbors to the south.

Students are exposed to an in-depth examination of government policy, and get to serve in community agencies such as orphanages, shelters, and other non-profits.

Study Chinese Culture and Teach English
May Term

This course offers students a unique opportunity to study Chinese culture and teach oral English in Chinese universities. The two-week program is hosted at Beijing University--China's Harvard. Students live on campus and attend a two-week class (in English) on Chinese culture taught by professors at Beijing University.

Students teach oral English at the University, tour Beijing and historical sites such as the Great wall, Forbidden Palace, Summer Palace, visit local residents, and watch Beijing Opera and Chinese acrobatics show.

Students receive a certificate from Beijing University upon their completion of the two-week course. After their stay in Beijing, students travel to two or three other cities including Xiâan, where the famous terracotta warriors are located. Students receive an additional opportunity to teach oral English in another Chinese university. This course fulfills HP, CC, and CS requirements.

Taking Animals Seriously
May Term

Taking Animals Seriously is a four-week internship in animal rescue and care at the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary--Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah--combined with a philosophical introduction to animal-human ethics.

Four days per week are devoted to hands-on work in all areas of the sanctuary; one day is spent in class-time devoted to films, discussions and instructors. Students specialize in one facet of animal care or sanctuary work during their final two weeks.

Course assignments include a reflective journal, short essays relating philosophical topics to hands-on work with animals, and a final reflective essay about students' overall experience.

The course is offered on a credit-no credit or contract-evaluation basis, and meets the University's community service requirement. Students live in a group in a large house in Kanab, and car-pool to and from the sanctuary five days per week.

Two free days each week allow for hiking, swimming, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of Southern Utah; Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are each one to two hours away.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Spring Semester

VITA invites accounting majors to participate in this service learning course co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. As the first official faculty-taught service learning course at Redlands, VITA offers accounting and business majors the opportunity to learn the valuable skill of tax preparation.

Students are instructed on how to prepare taxes and are tested on their knowledge prior to serving the community. Although VITA is particularly helpful for lower income participants, the program is designed for everyone who has tax questions or needs assistance in preparing their returns.

Students perform outreach tax service in Hunsaker Center on the University of Redlands campus from mid-February until April 16.