School of Arts and Sciences

Community Engaged Scholars Program

What is an engaged citizen? How can we use our talents to benefit our communities? What is the meaning of service? How can we build a more equitable future? How can we promote social justice in our day-to-day lives? 

The Community Engaged Scholars Program (CESP) connects our students’ longstanding commitment to community service directly to their studies. It will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to serve as ethical, respectful, and responsible agents of service and of social change in their local, national, and global communities.

Open to students in any major, the CESP builds connections between the curriculum and co-curriculum, creates a cohort of undergraduates committed to community service and civic engagement, and enables them to benefit from community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Students who complete the program will receive a notation on their transcript as recognition of their accomplishments.

Why Brandeis?

If there's one overarching tenet of the Brandeisian philosophy, it's that we should use our gifts to better the world around us. That's why Brandeis students, faculty and staff devote thousands of hours to volunteer programs in our local communities each year, many finding opportunities with our Department of Student Engagement. The Waltham Group, our network of student-run volunteer programs has 75 student leaders managing 40 community partnerships with 1,250 volunteers. This community service infrastructure will be available to you as you look for engagement opportunities.

While benefiting from volunteering with our established community service organizations, you will have the opportunity to learn the academics behind civic engagement and community service from field-leading faculty across multiple disciplines. You will learn about theories of change, foundational practices of community engagement, different modes of service, policy analysis and advance advocacy.

Learning Goals

Program Requirements

The program curriculum consists of two four-credit and one two-credit core courses, one four-credit elective course, and completion of 150 hours of community and civic engagement/advocacy and/or service.