Service-Learning Courses

Service-Learning Course Offerings

Fall 2017


AFS 5991: Field Work in the Black Community

CRN: 10331

Credits: 3-8

Professor: TBD

Course Description: Field placement in community-based, human services, and civic organizations and governmental agencies. Restricted to Africana Studies majors.


ENG 2560 (IC): Children’s Literature: Literature and Writing

CRN: 13970

Credits: 3

Professor: Nicole Wilson

Course Description: Students who choose to participate in the service learning component of ENG 2560 will be participating in enrichment activities with high level students in an Oakland County elementary school. The projects done with students will be centered around a recent animated film.  These projects will enhance the discussion of Children's Literature themes found in ENG 2560. They will also provide a framework for the research project required for the course to meet the IC requirement.


ENG 3020 (IC): Writing and Community

CRN: All Sections

Credits: 3

Professor: Varies

Course Description: As a course that fulfills the Intermediate Composition (IC) general education requirement, English 3020 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in their upper-division courses and majors. Students in English 3020 achieve these outcomes through collaborative community engagement, which combines hands-on experience in a community setting with academic work related to that setting. Unlike volunteers, students in such a class get as much as they give. Students offer their time and labor to the community partner and, in return, get the chance to develop many types of intellectual skills in real community contexts. The course emphasizes researching local problems, analyzing various kinds of texts, writing for different purposes, listening, negotiating with people of different ages and from different backgrounds, and learning to work collaboratively with a diverse array of people and organizations.


Honors 4930: Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project

CRN: 14566 and 14567

Credits: 2-4 (Honors students must register for three or four credits.)

Professors: Dale Thomas & Marcella Verdun

Course Description: Earn 2 to 4 Honors credits while teaching reading skills to children in kindergarten through second grade who need additional help in Detroit Public Schools. Detroit Fellows work three (earns 2 credits), five (earns 3 credits) or seven (earns 4 credits) hours per week at their assigned school. The schedule is established by you based on your availability and the number of credits for which you sign up. Tutors work during regularly scheduled school hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


SOC 2000 (SS): Understanding Human Society

CRN: 13729

Credits: 3

Professor: Michelle Jacobs

Course Description: This course is intended to introduce you to the field of sociology. In this class, you will be exposed to the general ideas, concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods within the field of sociology. The underlying objective of this course is to help you develop a sociological imagination that will foster an enhanced awareness concerning the effects that social forces have on your lives and the lives of your fellow human beings. As part of Wayne State’s community engagement initiative, this course will also require you to complete 25 hours of service-learning in a community agency that deals in some way with social inequality. The service-learning knowledge via books by experientially learning about social inequalities as they are manifested in the everyday lives of others in your community. Further, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of social stratification by actively participating in efforts to ameliorate or otherwise cope with the consequences of inequities.


SW 1010 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

CRN: 11585

Credits: 3

Professor: Shantalea Johns

Course Description: Focus is on the evolution of social welfare as a social institution and its relationship to social policy and the interaction of political and economic institutions. Focus is also on the skills necessary for understanding current welfare agencies, services, and resources as well as the knowledge requirements of generalist social work practice and professional social work in selected fields of practice (child welfare, gerontology, health care, mental health, schools, substance abuse, criminal justice, and crises/trauma). The Service Learning Project requires that each student work with his/her selected community service site to develop and actively engage in a semester-long service project that benefits the community.


TED 2250: Becoming an Urban Educator

CRN: Varies

Credits: 3

Professor: Varies

Course Description: Examination of issues surrounding social justice in urban schools and society through the exploration of the historical, political, and social trends that influence education. Course includes a 40- hour service learning field experience.


THR 3731: Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities

CRN: 15869

Credits: 3

Professor: Mary Anderson

Course Description: Fundamental theory and practical technique of applied theatre work, especially process drama and playbuilding. Focus on community situations including intergenerational dynamics, community health and social work effectiveness, and areas of outreach involvement.


THR 3738: Applied Theatre Practicum

CRN: 14296

Credits: 1-4 (Honors students must register for three or four credits.)

Professor: Mary Anderson

Course Description: Supervised students work in schools, with youth programs, and in community service settings, implementing applied theatre projects. (Formerly THR 3490).



Honors Option Examples

Below are a few examples of how to fulfill your service-learning requirement with Wayne State University courses using the Service-Learning Honors Option Form, if the above courses do not fit your schedule. Please remember that the service you perform and not just the community partner where you do your service MUST compliment the course material and you must register for HON 3000.  You can find the Service-Learning Honors Option form on at


Example 1

Course Name: Reporting Race, Gender and Culture - COM 4250

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that services specific demographics (i.e. race and gender) or volunteer at a local newspaper

Example 2

Course Name: Introductory Food Science - NFS 2130

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or community garden

Example 3

Course Name: Introduction to Drugs, Behavior and Society - PSY 2080

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a rehabilitation center, clinic, or a homeless shelter


Example 4

Course Name: Introduction to Ethics -PHI 2320

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that promotes civil rights, animal rights, etc.


Example 5

Course Name: Law, Authority and Rebellion - PS 3510

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer at a law firm or politician’s office


Example 6

Course Name: Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice - SOC 3110

Service-Learning Component: Volunteer with an organization that promotes social justice or volunteer at a women’s shelter


Example 7

Course Name: Medical Spanish - SPA 3050

Service- Learning Component: Volunteer language skills at a hospital, senior home and/or clinic