Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning is our approach to education that integrates learning and mentorship with community engagement through reciprocal community partnerships and critical reflection. With our close ties to the community, our commitment to education, and our mission to preparing students to be engaged, responsible leaders, we provide a unique environment for service and civic engagement in an academic setting. Offerings for community-based learning occur both inside and outside the classroom and differ depending on the course.

Sample Courses

Community-based learning courses happen in several disciplines and new offerings are being developed every semester.

BIO 275

Food for Thought

Through the use of primary literature and service-learning experiences, students develop an understanding of the experimental tools used in basic and applied nutritional sciences research. Because nutrition directly relates to many health care and quality-of-life issues at the forefront of modern society, this course also examines popular literature on food-related topics.

POV 102

Fieldwork in Poverty and Human Capability

Sustained critical reflection on pivotal issues in poverty studies based on supervised volunteer work, journals, readings, and weekly discussions and papers.

ENV 111

Environmental Service Learning

Practical application of environmental issues based on volunteer work in the greater Rockbridge community. Students participate in a service-learning environment related to environmental education, campus sustainability, conservation and sustainable agriculture in the surrounding region.

SOAN 253

Narrating Our Stories

Taught at Augusta Correctional Center with an equal number of W&L and incarcerated students. Students uncover how cultural metaphors, socioeconomic inequalities, and global realities inform and shape our identities and experiences. By reading different story-telling formats, the class works towards recognizing how the ways we tell stories impacts our ability to see new outcomes and reshape cultural scenarios for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

JOUR 273

Principles of Public Relations

Students examine the origins of public relations, the nature and role of public relations, the major influences that affect organizational behavior, the ethics of public relations, and the professional development of public-relations professionals. Emphasis is placed on the planning, writing, and management functions, working with media and developing effective public-relations strategies.

“College is more than earning a degree. Service in your new community builds connections that cannot be replicated on campus and is another learning environment.”

Sasha Edwards
Bonner Scholar • Major: Biology • Minor: Education