Community Service Learning

Community service learning (CSL) and community-engaged learning (CEL) include a range of high-impact pedagogical practices that enhance students’ learning and foster civic understanding through active course-based learning that involves meaningful collaboration with community partners. The academic study may be in any discipline or combination of fields. Student learning outcomes benefit the common good, whether through direct service to communities in need, the organizations that serve them, or indirect service projects that contribute to community capacity building more broadly. CSL and CEL enhance academic learning by allowing students to make connections between their classroom education and its application to the field. These high-impact learning experiences help students to clarify their career goals and acquire work-related skills, develop a heightened sense of civic responsibility and awareness of moral and ethical issues, and provide them with a wide variety of work options to be value-added for the community they serve. Working from a common understanding will further the university’s identity as an “engaged institution,” contribute to quality transparent learning experiences for students, and offer opportunities for faculty dialogue and scholarship within and across disciplines.

We define courses as community-engaged or service-learning based on the student learning experience and community impact, not the course title. Our broad term for these courses is "community-engaged learning" which classifies the variety of curricular community-based learning experiences and activities that students engage in that contribute to the public good, commonly through arts, education, equity, health, sustainability, and economic development. A course is considered ‘community-engaged’  based on implementation, not a title or course label. Within CEL, practices vary widely in terms of depth, breadth, and scope of student activities and partnerships. CEL courses may use such terms as fieldwork, applied, practicum, internship, and service.

Community-engaged learning (CEL) refers to courses in any discipline that have some type of community-engaged assignment built around reciprocal partnerships to benefit the common good and enhance student learning. Collaborative project goals and priorities are driven by community partners and negotiated with faculty and students involved in the CEL opportunity. Collaborative projects may focus on improving community resources or capacities, participatory or action research projects, or implementing a range of other activities to advance community-identified goals and strategies.

Community Service-learning (CSL) is a specific type of Community-Engaged Learning in which substantive community engagement and the related community partnerships are a critical component of course learning, with equal focus on community impact and student learning related to social justice or responsibility. Service-learning courses may also be labeled with a variety of titles.

Opportunities to participate in CSL exist throughout the University curriculum. To assist students in identifying courses that may provide such unique experiences, certain courses in this Bulletin will be designated with “CSL may be available.” To determine if the community service learning experience is associated with the course in any given semester, interested students must contact the instructor or the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE). Additionally, the Class Schedule for each semester will indicate, by footnote, which section includes the CSL component. ICCE coordinates campus service learning and civic engagement across campus. For more information, please visit us in HSS 206, at, or call (415) 338-6419.

The following courses may have CSL available:

A U 500College Corps Fellowship Seminar2
AA S 323Chinese American Identities (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 512Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature (UD-C, AERM, SJ)3
AA S 541South Asian Diaspora (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 595Asian American Communities and Public Policy (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
AA S 681Asian American Community Changes and Development (AERM, SJ)3
AA S 688Asian American Community Service Internship3
AA S 697Proseminar in Asian American Studies3
ADM 569Visual Merchandising and Promotion3
AFRS 376Government, the Constitution, and Black Citizens (USG, CSLG, USH, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 694Community Service Learning1-3
AIS 205American Indians and U.S. Laws (D3, AERM, SJ)3
AIS 460Power and Politics in American Indian History (UD-D, USH, AERM, SJ)3
AIS 694Community Service Learning1-3
AMST 200Self, Place, and Knowing: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
ANTH 595Anthropological Filmmaking I3
ANTH 596Anthropological Filmmaking II4
ANTH 699Independent Study1-3
BECA 360Virtual Reality: 360 Video Production3
BECA 415Advanced Television Production Workshop3
BECA 580Media in Community Service3
BECA 647Advanced Video Production3
BIOL 331Research with Communities3
BIOL 644LEADerS Service Learning Course: Learners Engaged in Advocating for Diversity in Science4
BIOL 654Peer Assistants for Learning Science (PALS)4
BUS 460Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for the Poor3
BUS 699Independent Study1-3
BUS 895Research Project in Business3
BUS 899Independent Study1-3
C J 435Race, Crime, and Justice (UD-D, SJ)3
C J 470Juvenile Justice4
C J 485Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice (UD-D, SJ)3
C J 501Criminal Law3
C J 550School Violence and Discipline3
C J 680Field Course in Criminal Justice4
C J 699Independent Study1-4
C W 675Community Projects in Literature3
C W 875Community Projects in Literature3
CAD 230Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Programs3
CAD 330Curriculum and Development in Early Childhood3
CAD 400Community Youth Development3
CINE 635Anthropological Filmmaking I3
CINE 636Anthropological Filmmaking II4
COMM 557Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators (SJ)3
COUN 325Selected Problems In Counseling3
COUN 699Independent Study1-3
COUN 705Counseling Practicum3
COUN 706Counseling Skills and Process3
COUN 735Advanced Practicum and Internship1-3
COUN 736Advanced Counseling Process3
COUN 850Second Specialization Internship1-3
COUN 891Case Studies and Internship Seminar3
COUN 892Culminating Experience for Counselors3
DANC 300GWDance Organizational Strategies and Field Topics - GWAR3
DANC 340Dance Pedagogy3
DANC 399University Dance Theatre2
DANC 461Advanced Choreography and Production3
DANC 699Independent Study1-3
DES 324GWResearch and Writing for Design - GWAR3
DES 505Senior Design Project3
DES 575Contemporary Design Workshop3
DES 576Practical Experience: Internship3
DES 625Graphic Design Practicum: Design Working Group3
DES 627Advanced Projects in Visual Communication Design3
DES 852Directed Experience in Design3
DES 899Independent Study3
E ED 645Directed Experiences with Children1-3
E ED 701Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education3
ECON 640Health Economics Analysis and Research (GP, SJ)3
ECON 840Health Economics Analysis and Research3
ENG 114Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2)3
ENG 214Second Year Written Composition: English3
ENG 216Cultivating Curiosity: Explore Your World, Your Identity, and Your Future (E)3
ENG 417Academic Literacy and the Urban Adolescent (SJ)3
ENG 419Advanced Composition for Teachers3
ENG 425Language in Context3
ENG 426Second Language Acquisition3
ENG 490Grant Writing (SJ)3
ENG 530Early Atlantic Migrants and Texts (AERM, SJ)3
ENG 618Individual and Team Writing (SJ)3
ENG 826Second Language Acquisition3
ENVS 460Energy, Justice, and Sustainability3
ENVS 640Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Areas3
ENVS 680Environmental Studies Internship1-3
ERTH 642Watershed Assessment and Restoration4
ETHS 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
ETHS 697Field Research or Internship in Ethnic Studies1-3
FCS 769Visual Merchandising and Promotion3
FIN 420Introduction to FinTech3
FR 450Translating Themes: English/French (GP)3
GEOG 642Watershed Assessment and Restoration4
GEOG 688Geographic Internship2-6
HIST 405Maritime History (UD-C, ES, GP, SJ)3
HIST 420American Colonial History (USH)3
HIST 680Archives or Historical Agency Internship1-5
IBUS 699Independent Study1-3
IBUS 899Independent Study1-3
ISED 201Introduction to the University3
ISED 699Independent Study1-3
ISED 739Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity3
ISYS 573New Advances in IT in Organizations3
JOUR 536Latina/o Journalism3
JS 350Jewish Social Responsibility (UD-C, SJ)3
JS 600Internship3
JS 800Internship3
KIN 620Advanced Practicum in Kinesiology2
KIN 696Kinesiology Community-Based Internship3
KIN 699Independent Study1-3
LS 200Self, Place, and Knowing: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry (E)3
LS 300GWPerspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR3
LS 402Introduction to Human Rights Education for Teachers and Local Communities (UD-D, GP, SJ)3
LS 403Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators (SJ)3
LS 460Childhood, Nature, and Society3
LTNS 210Latina/o/x Health Care Perspectives (B2, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 215Introduction to Latina/o/x Studies3
LTNS 225Latina/o/x Visual Culture (C1, AERM, SJ)3
LTNS 265Topics in Latina/o/x History (D1, AERM, SJ)3
LTNS 276Latina/o, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals (D3, AERM)3
LTNS 315Latina/os in California (UD-C, AERM, SJ)3
LTNS 350Gender and Latina/x Feminisms3
LTNS 415Latina/o Economic Empowerment3
LTNS 425Popular and Traditional Music of the Latinx U.S. (UD-C, AERM, GP)3
LTNS 430Race, Crime, and Justice (UD-D, SJ)3
LTNS 435Oral History, Community Memory, and Collective Stories3
LTNS 470Latina/o Immigration to the U.S. (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 485Latina/o Youth, Crime, and Justice (UD-D, SJ)3
LTNS 536Latina/o Journalism3
LTNS 580Educational Equity (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
LTNS 660Latina/o Politics (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 670Mexican Politics and Society (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 680Latina/o/x Community Organizing and Career Futures3
LTNS 690Community Fieldwork in Latina/o Studies3
LTNS 692Cuba: Health, Education, and Culture3
LTNS 694Community Service Learning3
M S 710Museum Education and Public Outreach3
M S 899Independent Study2-3
MGMT 567Internship in Management3
MGMT 699Independent Study1-3
MGMT 899Independent Study1-3
MKTG 440Advertising Creativity and Production3
MKTG 699Independent Study1-3
MKTG 899Independent Study1-3
NURS 721Program Planning and Financial Management in Nursing Practice3
P A 727Program and Service Delivery3
P A 745Perspectives on Nonprofit Management3
P A 746Application of Organizational Learning in Nonprofits3
P A 803Public Affairs Internship3
PH 455Community Organizing and Community Building for Health (UD-C, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
PH 671Practice of Peer Health Education3
PH 821Public Health Profession Practice3
PH 822Advanced Public Health Profession Practice3
PHIL 383Ethics in Medicine (UD-C, SJ)3
PLSI 408Mexican Politics and Society (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
PLSI 462Applied Public Opinion Research4
PLSI 463The Politics of Immigration in the United States (AERM, SJ)4
PLSI 472Civic and Political Engagement4
PLSI 473California Politics and Government (CSLG, SJ)4
PLSI 475San Francisco Political Issues4
PLSI 560Urban Poverty and Policy (UD-D, SJ)4
PLSI 603Public Service Internships3
PLSI 604Internship Seminar1
PSY 200General Psychology (D1)3
PSY 525Community Psychology3
PSY 558Field Services Seminar2
PSY 559Psychological Field Service1-3
PSY 699Independent Study in Psychology1-4
PT 899Independent Study1-3
RPT 165Nature Sampler Field Study and Service1
RPT 350Facilitating Wellness Through Leisure3
RPT 410Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation (SJ)3
RPT 470Travel with Purpose3
RPT 640Recreational Use of National Parks and Protected Areas3
RPT 690Internship in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism3-12
RPT 699Independent Study1-3
RRS 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 240All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties" (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3
RRS 331Research with Communities3
RRS 410Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
RRS 420Arab American Identity: Memory and Resistance (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 571Women, Race, and Class (UD-C, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
RRS 580Educational Equity (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
RRS 630Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 657South Asian Diaspora (UD-D, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 694Community Engaged Learning: Praxis in Race and Resistance Studies3
S ED 640Supervised Observation and Participation in Public Schools3
S ED 751Classroom Environment and Management3
S ED 790Teaching Multilingual Learners in Secondary Schools3
S W 450Introduction to Research in Social Work3
SLHS 663Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication3
SLHS 701Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences3
SOC 410Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
SOC 452Juvenile Justice4
SOC 501Internship: Applied Sociology2
SOC 502Internship Seminar: Applied Sociology1
SOC 580Educational Equity (UD-D, AERM, SJ)3
SPAN 831Seminar in Literary Movements or Periods3
SPED 330Introduction to Disability (UD-D, SJ)3
SXS 794Community Service Learning in Sexuality Studies3
USP 485San Francisco Political Issues4
USP 560Urban Poverty and Policy (UD-D, SJ)4
USP 603Public Service Internships3
USP 604Internship Seminar1
USP 680Senior Seminar4
WGS 602Feminist Cultural Activism3
WGS 698Feminist Praxis and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex3
WGS 798Feminist Internship: Gender and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex1-4
WGS 802Feminist Cultural Activism3