University of Vermont

Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Service-Learning Courses at UVM

Service-learning courses at UVM take many different forms. Across disciplines and in every school and college, students are taking part in exciting community-engaged work, and helping build a stronger community in Vermont and beyond. Below are several examples service-learning courses at UVM, representing just a few of the exciting possibilities that this high-impact practice offers.

Full list of our designated service-learning course offerings by semester.

NR 206:
Environmental Problem Solving

NR 206 is a capstone course for every senior in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. Students culminate their studies by work closely with community partners on semester-long projects, ranging from infrastructure design and building, curriculum design, population studies, and dozens more.

> Project-Based SL
> Capstone Level

SWSS 055:
Working with Refugees

As the world grapples with a refugee crisis of historic proportions, it is an apt time for college students to be gaining understanding of these issues. Since 1989 more than 6,000 women, men, and children have started new lives in the Green Mountain State through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. This course begins with a satellite view of the planet and zooms down to street view across the months of the semester.

> Direct Service
> Introductory Level

PRNU 121:

The key assignment for the class: develop and implement weekly “reminiscence therapy” sessions at a nearby independent and assisted living community. For senior citizens, the chance to tell their stories — both in writing and in conversation — increases social interaction and improves psychological wellbeing. For students, listening helps them learn about the needs of the elderly as well as their rich personal histories.

> Direct Service
> Introductory Level


SOC 216:
Criminal Justice

Under the guidance of Prof. Kathy Fox, students conduct interviews, surveys and study of inmates at all of Vermont's prison facilities, as well as their family members and caregivers of inmates’ children. Students have volunteered with recently released inmates and with children of incarcerated mothers. Work from the course has led to several research reports for the Department of Corrections, which have led to legislative initiatives to improve the lives of inmates and their families.

> Research; Project-Based SL
> Advanced Level

ENSC 201
Ecological Restoration

Students visit restoration sites several times throughout the semester to collect data and make assessments, and also meet with key stakeholders. Student teams then design restoration projects for the site and creat adaptive management plans. After further review, they pull together the revised plans into one cohesive plan, and then implement it on-site.

> Project-Based SL
> Mid level

CE 185 & 186:
Senior Design Capstone

In this two-semester Civil & Environmental Engineering capstone, students use what they have learned throughout their four years at UVM and apply it in a real-world setting. Students are required to submit specific dimensions, costs, and materials as they would in a professional job. Engineering majors have participated in a huge variety of projects from designing traffic roundabouts, to planning landslide and historic structure remediation, to creating stormwater management systems, all of which have benefitted local community partners.

> Project-Based SL
> Capstone Level


PRT 188/ENVS 150/NR 195:
Communities, Conservation & Development in Costa Rica

Students work with locals partners to assess community resources and learn about various models and scales of economic development — and how communities balance development priorities with conserving Costa Rica’s famously rich natural environment. UVM students then contribute their data to a multi-year community profile project, which residents can use to advocate for themselves and their communities.

> Research; International SL
> Middle Level

CDAE 186:
Sustainable Development on Small Island States

Guided by Profs. Thomas DeSisto & Kevin Stapleton, students work with government ministries and local schools in St. Lucia to complete development projects that the partners want to see implemented. While the two professors take the lead in the classroom, students are largely self-directed once they arrive in St. Lucia, working directtly with their local counterparts.

> Project-Based SL; Int'l SL
> Advanced Level

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