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Community-Based Learning Courses

Fall 2014

Each of the courses listed below includes a community-based learning component enabling students to directly connect the theories explored in class to a project or direct service with a community partner.

Sections designated with a "CB" have earned the University's official Community-Based Learning Course Designation. They can be searched through the Registrar's website and will appear as such on students' transcripts.

This list will be continuously updated as we learn of additional courses. Check back frequently. 

If you are teaching a course you would like added to this list, e-mail your syllabus to

Civil Rights in the US

AMST-320.002/ HIST-305.001
E. Edelman
R, 5:30PM 8:00PM

In this course students explore activist and civil rights movements in the United States, analyzing both the political and social actors articulating these movements, as well as the particular tactics and strategies mobilized by different communities and groups. Students consider how movements across the country and world play out in the contexts of their own lives. Focus on particular themes or movements including race/ethnicity; sexuality; immigration/nationalism; war/conflict; and class/Neoliberalism examines the various movements and actions that have mobilized around these concerns, such as the Civil Rights Movement, LGBT rights, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp, squatters/occupiers, and so forth.

Visual Literacy

P. Flynn-W, 8:55AM 11:35AM
TBD- W, 8:55AM 11:35AM      
N. Daly- W, 2:35PM 5:15PM
D. Padwo-Audick- MR, 4:00PM 5:15PM
K. Llerena-T, 2:35PM 5:15PM
N. Daly-T, 8:55AM 11:35AM
L. Engel-R, 1:10PM 3:50PM
K. Llerena-M, 5:30PM 8:00PM

This course introduces students to ways of understanding visual images in a variety of contexts, including art, photography, film, and performing arts. Students learn about aesthetics, as well as the production aspects of visual images; discover intuitive dimensions of seeing; and analyze the influence of culture on visual symbols and communication. Students complete a final group consulting project for a community partner.


Hours of Service

In the 2012-2013 academic year, 37,717 hours of service were completed through community-based learning classes on direct service and class based projects.



In the 2012-2013 academic year, 910 students participated in community-based work, connecting their course work with identified community needs.


Community Partners

In the 2012-2013 academic year, AU community-based learning students partnered with 131 different DC area community organizations. 

Past Community-Based Learning Courses

Check out the courses that have been offered in the past to get a sense of what you would like to teach or a course you would like to take in an upcoming semester.

Spring 2014

Fall 2013