Civic and Community Engagement Classes for Spring 2018

Career Administrator

Are you interested in careers in public service and government, non-profits and advocacy, public policy, education, law and medicine? These classes in Spring 2018 are particularly designed to bridge classroom learning with existing public and social problems. 

No matter what you are interested in, there are various disciplines tailored for you. Courses include biology, anthropology, chemical engineering, entrepreneurship, global development studies, public health and more! Check out on Lou's list.

The UVA Career Center also offers you other ways to gain experiences while making an impact at UVA, check this out! 


Some highlight classes include:

1. ENWR 1510: Writing and Community Engagement.

Perfect for first-year students interested in making an informed impact for the less privileged citizens. Better news: this class will fulfill your First Writing Requirement. 

Taught by instructor Kate Stephenson, this Academic and Professional Writing course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm - 3:15pm. By volunteering with a local food bank and using writing types from journal entries to formal papers, this seminar explores topics like hunger stereotypes, privilege, food insecurity and community engagement.

All students will volunteer once a week at Madison House community partner organizations Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, or The Haven — coordinated with the help of the course instructor and Madison House!

2. PPOL 3295 ‘Global Humanitarian Crises: Dilemmas, Leadership, and Action’

Taught by Kirsten Gelsdorf - a former United Nations official with 20 years of experience working in humanitarian crises all over the world, this course has been designed to give you the opportunity to dive into the critical ethical, operational and policy issues that define global humanitarian response today.  The protracted war in Syria, the ineffective international response to Ebola in West Africa, the increasing number of climate-induced disasters, trends of rapid urbanization, and increased refugee flows all dominate media headlines and global policy dialogues.

This class has a strong focus on learning practical applied policy skills being used by practitioners to confront these issues.  By analyzing the current system for emergency aid delivery, comparing past and present crises, and evaluating the critiques of humanitarian assistance, you will leave the semester with new insight on the complex world of global humanitarian aid and explore your personal views on how best to support vulnerable people around the world.

3. ELA 3300: Designing Your Professional Summer Experience

T/Th: 3:30-4:45pm

This course supports students in securing and preparing for a professional summer internship through career exploration, self-assessment, skill development, & search strategies. Students connect the skills & competencies to a liberal arts education with the core proficiencies sought by employers. Students utilize the Career Center resources including counseling & Virginia Alumni Mentoring.