Courses and Thesis Work

In a typical year at Bates, more than a quarter of the faculty include a community-engaged component in their academic courses and about 50% of students undertake a community-engaged learning project within the context of an academic course.

Most courses offer a combination of community-engaged and traditional work.  Some offer students options from which to choose. Community-engaged learning is pedagogy rather than an activity in itself. It may be a single class project, a group activity, or an individual assignment. The best examples are closely integrated into academic study.

Students also have the opportunity to incorporate a community component into their senior thesis if they wish. Sometimes a student might tie his/her thesis into prior work that the student has done with a community agency. Other times the student’s research might tie in with questions that his/her thesis advisor is exploring in the community. Often students will work with a new community partner to define an issue that needs investigation.

Faculty who offer community-engaged courses are invited to submit their courses for tagging in the course catalog by clicking here.