Service-Learning Course Offerings

Honors 3000 is the course that denotes the following classes as qualifying for the Service-Learning requirement. In order to satisfy the Service-Learning requirement for Honors, you must register for HON 3000 along with an associated course, post your final project/paper on your e-portfolio, send the link to, and complete the survey on Canvas. There are many classes to choose from for this additional course; listed below are the course offerings for Winter 2019 that have already been approved for the Service-Learning requirement. Also included are examples on how to fulfill the Service-Learning requirement with an Honors Option. If you have any questions about the Service-Learning requirement or about registering for courses, please contact the Honors advisors at

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Winter 2019 Service Learning Courses

AFS 5991: Field Work in the Black Community

CRN: 20682

Credits: 3-8

Professor: Melba Boyd

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


BME 2920 – Biomedical Engineering Design Lab IV

CRN: 23412

Credits: 1

Professor: Brian Mundo

Course Description: This course offers the application of engineering principles to biomedical engineering problems through laboratory and design exercises.  Fourth of a six-semester sequence; tissue biomechanics, introduction to finite element modeling.


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.


ENG 6010: Tutoring Practicum

CRN: 21383

Credits: 3

Professor: Jule Thomas

Course Description: ENG 6010 is a service-learning course that will investigate the theories of tutoring and secondary educational pedagogy.  The service-learning component of the course requires 20 hours within the Wayne State University WRT Zone. Service-Learning will connect theory and practice through tutoring pedagogy which embraces collaborative methods as a means of developing best practices for teaching. The course will lead students through observations and engagement of tutorial sessions. While in class and the WRT Zone, students will research best practices for tutoring and teaching. This course will also explore genre theory as a mode for writing instruction.  The integration of tutor and genre theory in this service-learning course will be applied to course assignments, discussion, and classwork.  Students will leave with the ability to translate theory into practice when teaching writing in middle and secondary English courses.


HIS/US 3650: History of Detroit

CRN: 27127

Credits: 3

Professor: Tracy Neumann

Course Description: A New York Times op-ed contributor recently wrote, "Detroit is not someplace else; it's America." While the old axiom that all history is local history may be true, it is also the case that some local history is national history. Detroit's history transcends the boundaries of the "local," and the social, political, cultural, and economic processes that shaped Detroit have also shaped national, and in some cases international, history. In this course we will engage in inquiries that are relevant to the community in which we live and study, while at the same time we will work to understand Detroit's history not just as local history, but as US history. Our attention will focus substantially on the history and experiences of the diverse social groups that have inhabited the city since the eighteenth century. This semester, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) will be our community partner for our service-learning projects.


Honors 4280: Cities and Food

CRN: 26410

Credits: 3

Professors: Kameshwari Pothukuchi

Course Description: This is a course about food and agriculture systems, how they manifest in urban communities, such as Detroit, and the linkages to community goals of health, neighborhood and economic vitality, ecological regeneration, productive use of vacant land, and social equity and justice.  This course will discuss innovative initiatives in community and regional food systems and planning.  It will feature classroom seminars by community-based experts, audio-visual presentations, and volunteer and experiential learning developed in collaboration with community partners.


Honors 4930: Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project

CRN: 22739 and 23437

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 1010 (SI): Understanding Human Society

CRN: 27482, 27480

Credits: 3

Professor: Michelle Jacobs, Janet Hankin

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 10 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: 21357

Credits: 3

Professor: Tamarie Willis

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 3738: Applied Theatre Practicum

CRN: 24105

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

Professor: Billicia Hines

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 requirements with Wayne State University courses using the Honors Option Form if the above courses do not fit your schedule. Please remember that your service must compliment the course material and you must register for HON 3000.

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