Community-Engaged Teaching (CET) is embraced by schools and departments across Washington University.

Sometimes referred to as service-learning, these courses combine community engagement with academic course work, and integrate classroom theory with practice in the real world.

We have identified over 75 undergraduate- and graduate-level courses for academic year 2017-2018, enhanced by community-engaged teaching and learning at Washington University. These courses enable students of all disciplines, from business to art, to engage communities in service, projects and/or observation, while applying their learning in a real life context.

To nurture growth in this area, the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement offers technical assistance, community partnership facilitation, and capacity-building grants through the Civic Engagement Fund.


The following list includes only CET courses open to undergraduate students. For complete descriptions, a list of credit-bearing programs, and courses in the graduate schools, please visit the Gephardt Institute website.

College of Arts & Sciences

AFAS 103DBeginning Swahili I5
AFAS 104DBeginning Swahili II5
AFAS 203DIntermediate Swahili III3
AFAS 204DIntermediate Swahili IV3
AMCS 316FRediscovering the Child: Interdisciplinary Workshops in an Urban Middle School3
AMCS 3202Civic Scholars Program Semester One: Self Awareness, Civic Life, and Citizenship2
AMCS 3203Civic Scholars Program Semester Two: Civic Engagement in Action2
L98 AMCS 4202Civic Scholars Program Semester Three: Application and Integration of Civic Projects and Values1
AMCS 4203Civic Scholars Program Semester Four: Civic Engagement across the Lifespan1
Anthro 141Medicine and Society3
Anthro 142Medicine and Society3
Comp Lit 394Worldwide Translation: Language, Culture, Technology3
Educ 4841Elementary Methods Field Experience2
EnSt 405Sustainability Exchange: Community and University Practicums3
EnSt 406Urban Ecosystem Principles Integration3
EnSt 539Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinicvar.; max 6
IAS 4224The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair: German and Austrian Art Exhibited3
Psych 225Internship in Psychology3
Psych 235Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism Spectrum Disorder3
Re St 407Solidarity and Silence: Religious Strategies in the Political Sphere3
WGSS 3133Service Learning: Feminist and Queer Youth Studies4
WGSS 3171Service Learning: Women and Prison4
WGSS 3173Service Learning: Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis4
WGSS 3942Service Learning: Projects in Domestic Violence4

Olin Business School

MGT 201Management Communication3
MGT 424Business Planning for New Enterprises (The Hatchery) (or MGT 524)3
MGT 501Management Center Practicum3
MGT 520Taylor Community Consulting Project1.5
MGT 550XCEL Entrepreneur Consulting Team3

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

XCORE 307Community Building3
XCORE 336Urban Books3
XCORE 344Digital Filmmaking: City Stories3
XCORE 386XPublic Practice3
ARCH 209Design Process3
ARCH 308XCommunity Building North3
ARCH 350Service Learning Course: Environmental Issues3
ARCH 404EDesign: Urban Ecosystem Principles Integration3
ARCH 457BSegregation by Design: A Historical Analysis of the Impact of Planning and Policy in St. Louis3
ARCH 486ANOMA National Design Competition3
ARCH 490Architecture Service Learning Practicum (The Alberti Program)2
ARCH 490AExplore and Contribute: Collaboration between Washington University and Henry Elementary School3
ARCH 563LDesign as a Social Practice: Community Practice in Pagedale3
MUD 5078Developing Sustainable Urban Communities3
MUD 5079Community Development & American Cities3
MUD 564AUrban Development Seminar3
InterD 405Sustainability Exchange: Community and University Practicums3
F10 Art: Art foundation and major studio courses
ART 315BPrintmaking: Art Practice3
ART 372BContent to Cover: the Design of Books3
ART 435MSpecial Topics in Communication Design: Design for Social Impact3
ART 436AVisual Journalism and Reportage Drawing3
F20 Art: Art elective courses
ART 323FSpecial Topics in Fashion Design (Fashion Design: Collaboration Studio)3
ART 339IRadical Design: Making Civic Experiences3
ART 3843Filming the Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis3
ART 436AInteraction Design: Understanding Health and Well-Being3

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Engr 310Technical Writing3
Engr 450FUrban Sustainabilty Challenges through the Lens of Engineering Ethics, Leadership and Conflict Mngt3

University College

IS 366Global Human Rights3