Community Engaged Teaching is embraced by schools and departments across Washington University.

Key elements of Community Engaged Teaching include learning activities in a community context, course content and assignments connected to activities in the community, and faculty oversight. It has historically been referred to as service learning and is sometimes called community-based teaching and learning.

To nurture growth in this area, the institute offers training, consultation, partnership development, and funding for faculty who offer Community Engaged Courses.

Learn about Community Engaged Teaching and Course Offerings:

Community Engaged Teaching Resources

View a robust and curated library of resources to assist with your Community Engaged Course development.

Course Listings

Washington University offers over 80 courses that include a community-engaged component. Click on the links below to view Community Engaged Courses offered in 2018-2019.

If you know of updates or a course that should be listed, please contact Cassie Power at


For a complete list of Community-Engaged Teaching courses open to undergraduate students, visit the 2018-2019 Bulletin.

Brown School

MPH 5701 Practicum-MPH Program
SWCD 5016 Community Development Practice
SWCD 5067 Developing Programs for Children & Youth
SWCD 5076 Social and Economic Development-Redevelopment-East St. Louis Seminar Part I
SWCD 5077 Urban Development Seminar
SWCD 5078 Developing Sustainable Urban Communities
SWCD 5082 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Applied Social Sciences
SWCD 5089 Poverty, Law and the Health of Communities
SWCD 5102 Foundation Practicum Integrative Seminar
SWHS 5079 Community Development and American Cities
SWSA 5050 Evaluation of Programs and Services
SWSA 5060 Social Entrepreneurship
SWSA 5066 Marketing, Resource Development, and Community Relations
SWSP 5861 Domestic Social and Economic Development Policy
SWPR Foundation Practicum
SWPR Concentration Practicum

School of Law

LAW 654 Judicial Clerkship Externship
LAW 667A International Summer and Semester Conflict Resolution Externship
LAW 668C New York City Regulatory & Business Externship
LAW 668D Semester In Practice Externship
LAW 692D Government Lawyering Externship
LAW 711C Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic
LAW 759S Race Public Education & The Law Seminar
LAW 769E Civil Rights, Community Justice and Mediation Clinic
LAW 786C Congressional and Administrative Law Externship
LAW 790D Criminal Justice Clinic
LAW 797H Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic
LAW 797J Children & Family Advocacy Clinic
LAW 798 A Lawyering Practice Externship
LAW 800A Appellate Clinic

School of Medicine

OT 5264 Community Health and Occupational Therapy
OT 573D Applied Clinical Research II: Disability
OT 762 Seminar in Education Strategies
PHYS THER 691 Clinical Experience I
PHYS THER 692 Clinical Experience II
PHYS THER 693 Clinical Experience III
PHYS THER 694 Clinical Experience IV
W1 587D Aids Education (STATS)

Olin Business School

MGT 520 Taylor Community Consulting Project
MGT 501 Management Center Practicum
MGT 550x CEL Entrepreneur Consulting Team

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

XCORE 344 Digital Filmmaking: City Stories
XCORE 386X Public Practice

Apply for Course-Based Funding and Support:

Civic Engagement Fund

The Civic Engagement Fund provides funding and support for courses and initiatives that cultivate community engagement. Opportunities range from $500 to $5,000. 

Transportation Fund for Community Engaged Courses

Submit a funding request when taking students off campus for Community-Engaged Courses. We will reimburse your department for transportation expenses.