Community-Based Learning & Research
Students from a variety of disciplines combine coursework, practical experiences, independent research projects and guided reflection to develop essential skills for addressing complex local, national and global challenges.
“I’ve learned how much richer your life becomes when you step outside of the college bubble and incorporate people different from yourself into your life.”
Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration
The Jandon Center is the organizational hub for the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, through which students embed community work directly into their curricular studies.
Community-Based Learning Courses
Community-based learning (CBL) courses at Smith and the Five Colleges help maintain significant community partnerships and aim to meet actual community goals as well as advance academic learning. CBL courses at Smith span disciplines, topics and community partnerships as near as Northampton and as far as India.
Please refer to the Smith College Course Catalog for current offerings.
|ARS/LSS 389||Broad-scale design and planning studio|
|CCX 120||Community-based learning [CESC Gateway] Ethics and Practice|
|CCX 320||Capstone Seminar for the CESC Concentration|
|DAN 267||Dance in the Community|
|EDC 200||Education in the City|
|EDC 232||The American Middle School and High School|
|EDC 336||Seminar in American Education|
|EDC 338||Children Learning to Read|
|EDC 342||Growing Up American: Adolescents and Their Educational Institutions|
|EDC 343||Multicultural Education|
|EGR 410D||Engineering Design and Professional Practice|
|EGR 422D||Engineering Design Clinic|
|ENV 201/202||Researching Environmental Problems|
|ENX 301||Environmental Capstone: Sustainable Food|
|GES 305||The Gender of Politics Participatory Democracy Development|
|HST 383||Research Seminar in US Women's History, The Sophia Smith Collection|
|IDP 320||Women's Health of Tibetan Refugees in India|
|LSS 110J||Interpreting the New England Landscape|
|LSS 250||Studio: Landscape and Narrative|
|MUS 202||Thinking About Music: Hidden Musicians Northampton|
|PSY 355||Practicum Seminar in Clinical Psychology|
|PSY 373||Research Seminar in Personality Psychology|
Community-Based Participatory Research
A key goal of the Jandon Center is to provide more and better-coordinated support for faculty and students undertaking community-engaged work. In particular, we seek to create a research culture grounded in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR (also referred to as "participatory action research" or "mutual inquiry") is considered a successful collaborative research model that stresses campus-community partnership and connects faculty from across the disciplines to concerns in the community.