Through engaged courses, University of St. Thomas students partner with community organizations to understand social issues and work toward collective solutions.
We believe that advancing the common good extends beyond a single volunteer opportunity and into all aspects of a student’s life. That’s why we integrate community engagement into the foundation of a St. Thomas education through “community-engaged” courses.
Community-engaged courses are offered through all eight colleges and schools at St. Thomas. These courses focus on a variety of social challenges from eradicating poverty and hunger to ensuring equitable access to education to securing environmental sustainability.
Here’s a quick look at the community-engaged course experience.
Partner with Community-based Organizations
During a community-engaged course, students collaborate with one of the university’s many community partners in order to engage in a community-identified project or other meaningful collaboration activity, to conduct research related to a social challenge, or perhaps simply to volunteer on-site.
Through these partnerships with community-based organizations, students learn directly from community leaders as they build a diverse skill set and begin to understand systemic social and organizational challenges, all as part of their coursework.
Study the Complexities of Social Challenges
Back in the classroom, students discuss systems, theories, and policies surrounding complex social and organizational challenges. These discussions expose students to diverse viewpoints and build a well-rounded understanding of today’s most pressing social issues.
Explore Collective Solutions
During a community-engaged course experience, students explore the possibilities of how communities and networks can come together to solve problems collectively and create lasting “all for the common good” change.
If you’re a community organization looking for engagement opportunities, learn more about becoming a community partner.