Courses with Service Learning
Service learning abroad links classroom critical thinking, academic theory, and personal reflection with service in the host community. Many General Studies courses include a service learning component in which students become active participants in community partner projects.
There are many benefits of integrating service learning into study abroad. Students gain real-world experience in an international environment, innovative skills in problem solving and intercultural communication, along with a sense of the purpose for learning and respect for others. For the most current service learning projects, please visit the Courses Offered page for Fall or Spring semester.
ARAA 320: Archaeological Discoveries: A Passion for Classical Antiquity
You will help Umbria’s Archaeology Museum and the San Lorenzo Cathedral Museum to better communicate the context of historic and modern Perugia to international visitors. With the Archaeology Museum, you will research their artifacts, prepare and edit the student-created English-language website, as well as archive items. With the San Lorenzo Cathedral Museum, you will research and design informational materials to be used during their guided tours.
Ideal for Majors in: Archaeology, Classical Studies, History, Museum Studies
ARFP 210: Fresco Painting
In this course, you will partner with Villa Vallerosa in Selci Sabino where you will spend two weekends designing, redecorating, and partially restoring the 18th century well house. You will research neoclassical models of Roman frescoes, grotesques, and faux marbling to inform the final fresco design. Part of the structure was recently painted, which needs repair or replacement; therefore, a portion of the course will be dedicated to the discussion of the ethics of restoration and redecoration.
Ideal for Majors in: Studio Art
ARPH 210: Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Perugia
You will collaborate with RE.LEG.ART, a small social co-operative in Perugia that trains workers with special needs to make handmade leather goods and handbound books. You will help the company promote their innovative, MADE IN ITALY creations as well as their philosophy of inclusion for online and print material by photographing their newest products using the city of Perugia as a creative backdrop.
Ideal for Majors in: Studio Art
BSFS 380: The Business of Wine: Italy and Beyond
You will apply classroom knowledge of Italian and American wine industries to a service learning project with a local wine producer with international exportation. After a company visit, you will work on specific projects designed around the needs and goals of the winery, informed by market analysis, research on exportation and competitors, and potential for company expansion. For the final course project, you and your team will prepare product proposals and a competitor analysis for the winery with assistance from the professor, an enologist and wine marketer.
Ideal for Majors in: Business and Marketing, Food Studies
BSIM 390: International Marketing
As a student in this course, you will collaborate with Listone Giordano, a family-owned high-end hardwood floor producer, on a service learning project designed to further internationalize their business efforts. After a visit to the facility and conducting interviews with Listone Giordano management, you and your team will complete a focused research project assigned by the company.
Ideal for Majors in: Business and Marketing
COIN 290: Intercultural Communication
You will partner with neighborhood libraries to read English texts to library patrons. Your readings will then be recorded as part of an initiative called “Leggi per me” (“Read for Me”) and published online by the Unione italiana ciechi e opvedenti di Perugia (Italian Union of the Blind and the Visually Impaired), making them available for individuals that are no longer able to read autonomously.
Ideal for Majors in: Anthropology and Sociology, Communication and Journalism, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary
ESFS 350: Water Essentials: Sustainable Use of a Limited Resource
In this course, you will work closely with POST Science Center (Perugia Officina della Scienza e della Tecnologia) instructors to develop and lead an interactive scientific laboratory and discussion in English for Italian high school students on the water footprint and sustainable practices to reduce water consumption at home.
Ideal for Majors in: Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Agriculture
IBST 380: International Business Strategy
As a student in this course, you will collaborate with an Umbrian company on a service learning project designed to internationalize their business efforts. After a visit to the facility and conducting interviews with management, you and your team will complete a focused research project assigned by the company.
Ideal for Majors in: Business and Marketing
HSIT 380: Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History and the (Anti)Mafia
You will work with Libera. Associations, names and numbers against mafias, an organization whose purpose is to involve and support all those interested in the fight against mafias and organized crime. You will meet with representatives from Libera to learn about their first-hand experiences in the fight against the mafia and the history of the association. You will then organize an evening event during which an anti-mafia documentary will be screened.
Ideal for Majors in: Film and Media Studies, History, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary
ISLI 330: A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature
In this course, you will collaborate with SapereFood, an online magazine dedicated to sharing the Umbrian agricultural traditions and food producers’ narratives with consumers. You will conduct on-site interviews and participate in tastings of local products, which will serve as the basis for one of the creative writing assignments. The collection of your stories will then be published in the “Umbra Diaries” section of the SapereFood webpage.
Ideal for Majors in: Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary, Literature
JCPH 230: Visual Communication: Storytelling through Photography
As a student in this course, you will partner with a neighborhood association in Perugia where, together, you will create an artistic outlet for your storytelling project to be shared with the larger community.
Ideal for Majors: Communication and Journalism, Studio Art
PYBS 460: Organizational Behavior: An Evidence-Based Approach
You will work with a local company to help them resolve a specific issue they are currently confronting using organizational behavior concepts learned in class. At the end of the semester, you and your team will present your analysis and provide informed recommendations to the partner company.
Ideal for Majors: Business and Marketing, Psychology
PYHD 430: Human Development in Culture
You will investigate the principles and psychological outcomes of the Italian, Montessori, and American education systems through theoretical and direct experience in the Italian classroom setting. The class will first visit a Montessori elementary school in Perugia to observe classroom organization, style, and activities as well as interactions among students and teachers, which will be used as a mode of gathering data for an ethnographic research project on the implicit school curriculum. For the second visit, you will prepare and lead English language activities in the classroom collecting information on students’ responses and interactions while teaching the language.
Ideal for Majors: Education, Human Development, Psychology
SOIT 360: Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, and Trends
In this course, you have the opportunity to apply for La Famiglia Italiana Project in which selected pairs of students are assigned to an Italian host family in Perugia. Each week, you will meet with the family for a culture and language exchange structured around course themes to gain a deeper understanding of Italian customs and practices.
Ideal Majors: Anthropology and Sociology, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary
STFS 330: Sustainability and Food Production in Italy
In this course, you will help develop the Umbra synergistic orto, a type of organic gardening, which uses plants that naturally protect and nourish each other. The Umbra orto is located in Perugia at a residence for individuals with mental health challenges where horticulture therapy is used as a technique to enhance their quality of life and generate positive emotions and social interactions. You will help with seasonal tasks, including tilling the soil; planting herbs, vegetables, and flowers; and harvesting.
Ideal Majors: Anthropology and Sociology, Environmental Studies, Food Studies