Brandeis CEL Courses

AMST  102a Women, the Environment, and Social Justice

AMST 191b  Greening the Ivory Tower

ANTH 1a Comparative Study of Human Society

ANTH 109a Children, Parenting, and Education in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH 159a  Museums and Public Memory

ANTH 182b Engaged Anthropology

BISC 7a  Biology and Culture of Deafness

COSI 2a Introduction to Computers

ENVS 89a Environmental Internship

HISP 105a  Spanish Conversation and Grammar

HIST 171b  Latino/a  History

LGLS 89a Law and Society Internship and Seminar

LGLS 132b Environmental Law and Policy

LING 197a Language Acquisition and Development

SJSP 89a Social Justice-Social Policy Internship

SOC 89a Internships for Community Action and Social Change

SOC 191a Health, Community, and Society

SOC 92a Sociology Internship

RUS 98a Experiential Learning Opportunity

WMGS 5a Women and Gender in Culture and Society

WMGS 89a Internship in Women's and Gender Studies: Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children

Building Academic-Community Partnerships


Community-Engaged Learning Courses

CEL classes and projects are based on partnerships with members of Brandeis and wider communities. In many cases, CEL initiatives will include a direct commitment to social service; in other cases, there is value in simply getting to know one another in a respectful and mutually supportive fashion. Often, the process of building meaningful and sustainable partnerships is in itself a significant educational undertaking, helping all of us reflect on the dynamics of power, equality and democratic decision-making. Similar to reading, students are not graded on the activity they do, but for demonstrating what they have learned from the experience.

CEL Partnerships

Successful partnerships are usually founded on careful and frank assessment of the goals and interests of each partner. What are the specific educational goals of a given academic course? What skills and experiences do students hope to acquire, either in the context of academic classes or volunteer efforts? What are the most important needs and aspirations of a given social service or civic agency and of the persons the agency is dedicated to serving? What immediate and long-term outcomes does each partner hope to realize through collaboration? What are the costs and benefits of the project to participating organizations, especially those that have serious staffing and financial limitations?

Strong partnerships are aided by periodic moments of honest reflection and critical self-examination: What discernible impact is the project having on students and community members? How might processes of communication, collaboration and decision-making be enhanced? Should the planned project be significantly revised or reconceived? What lessons have been learned that might be applied to future ventures and partnerships?

Community Service Opportunities

The Department of Community Service is dedicated to providing students, faculty and staff with relevant volunteer experiences. The department seeks to establish sustainable and reciprocal partnerships with local social service, governmental, educational and cultural agencies as we advise and support community service initiatives. Our endeavors include fostering a community member who is civically engaged as an advocate, volunteer and educated citizen. We strive to embody the pillars of the university and core values of the Division of Student Affairs through experiential service opportunities, collaboration with the academy and intentional reflection. Student service outreach is done primarily through the Waltham Group, a student-led community service organization.