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.
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
BSIM 390: International Marketing
As a student in this course, you will collaborate with an Umbrian company on a service learning project designed to further 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
ESFS 350: Water Essentials: Sustainable Use of a Limited Resource
You will collaborate with ARPA Umbria, the regional environmental protection agency, taking part in a two-day workshop at the Climate Change and Biodiversity Center on Lake Trasimeno’s Polvese Island and participate in field and laboratory activities led by ARPA biologists, including sampling bioindicators, a method of determining the ecological status of freshwater ecosystems, and observing biodiversity using high-powered microscopes. Furthermore, you will interview and go fishing with local fishermen from the Lake Trasimeno Fishermen Cooperative.
Ideal for Majors in: Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Agriculture
ISLI 330: From Literature to Social Media: Reading and Writing Italian Food
In this course, you will visit Umbrian producers and participate in tastings of local products. You will then transform your experience during the visit into an illustrated children’s story on food in both English and Italian to share at “Apriti, scuola!”, a weekly multi-lingual children’s reading hosted by “Il Castello Rotondo” Elementary School.
Ideal for Majors in: Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary, Literature
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
In this course, you will investigate the principles and psychological outcomes of the Italian, Montessori, and American education systems. The class will visit a Montessori elementary school in Perugia to observe classroom organization, style, and activities to gather data for a course research project. You will also prepare and lead English language cultural activities in the classroom to collect information on students’ responses.
Ideal for Majors in: 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