What happens when you put your classroom knowledge into action? One way to find out is through service-learning and community-based research. Applying your knowledge to community projects can bring beneficial returns – what you learn from the project helps to inform your classroom studies, and might point you toward new academic and career interests.
The Office of Community Studies and Engaged Scholarship works to integrate teaching, learning, and research methods into communities, organizations, and community-based partnerships. This office also sponsors the Community Scholars House, a special-interest campus housing option that features community projects through independent study; and the Sharpe Community Scholars program for first-year students, which offers summer grant funding for self-designed community research projects. Students who wish to include community-based research as part of their academic studies may minor in Community Studies.
Also, the College's Office of Community Engagement works generally to organize and implement service projects that connect the College and communities in order to promote positive, community-driven social change.
Learn more about what’s going on and what funding might be available by visiting the Charles Center website.