Drew’s focus on experiential learning means plenty of opportunities for real world experience. Take a Community Based Learning class and make an impact in your local community. Intern with a community partner and build your resume. Or focus on your leadership skills with the minor in Applied Leadership. Connect your passion for action with your academic interests at Drew.
Community Based Learning (CBL) classes, also sometimes called Service Learning Classes, foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world. At Drew, CBL classes contribute to a planned strategy for addressing a community need or strengthening a community capacity that serves the common good. They fulfill the Off-Campus Experience requirement towards an undergraduate education. These classes require students to work in a dynamic way with off-campus community organizations.
Drew Theater students take their talents to Newark. Advantage Arts is a collaborative theatre-making enterprise in which Drew students team up with high school students from the Newark inner city schools to create original works that are presented both on Drew’s campus and at the Marion Bolden Student Center in Newark. The students spend four weeks working on the plays with Theatre and Dance professors Chris Ceraso, Lisa Brenner, Rodney Gilbert and Kimani Fowlin and Drew student mentors. In addition, participants take classes with Drew faculty through Drew’s Summer College program, which prepares students from underserved areas for college life. “The Drew students are learning mentoring skills and furthering their theater education,” says Professor Ceraso. “The Newark kids get to work in theater, but they’re also building life skills. They’re being given an opportunity to work collaboratively, with different kinds of people, in a disciplined way.”
Students learn how the Latino immigrant experience offers students the chance to give back. They volunteer to teach English as a second language at Morristown Neighborhood House, a non-profit and Drew community partner dedicated to assisting Latino immigrants facing economic and social challenges. In an Acorn news piece, students discuss the powerful impact of this class on their education and those within the Latino community that they are teaching, as part of the service component of the class. As one student interviewed states: “It has been just rewarding overall. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
The Center for Global Education provides both ShortTrec and LongTrec programs, some of which have a service component as part of their curriculum. Every other year, students travel to Orvieto, Italy to engage in Italian language, art, culture and Community-Based Learning activities, accompanied by Dr. Emanuele Occhipinti, Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the French and Italian Department. During their stay, students participate in an Italian language program at the ‘Linguasì Institute of Orvieto, while the Community-Based Learning component gives students a chance to interact with local volunteer organizations. The activities students participate in change from trip to trip, although examples from past treks include teaching English to children, visiting local hospitals, assisting with local recycling efforts, helping artisans make crafts to be sold, and providing assistance at Villa Mercede.
In Fall 2017, students in Professor Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom’s Practice of Public Sociology course performed community service hours at the Mt. Kemble Home, a program for senior women through Homeless Solutions, Inc. In this program, students participate in community based learning and research projects in order to use sociological skills as well as a sociological lens to investigate and strengthen civic society. Students went above and beyond the already established program, running additional classes, forming a dinner club, and even planning senior civic projects at the facility.
You want to make a difference in the world. No matter what path you take after graduation – promoting social justice, advocating for environmental sustainability, or working in the business world –the Minor in Applied Leadership at Drew is designed to give you the know-how to do just that.
Learn to lead with integrity in the context of a community. Test this knowledge in the real world. Then develop a plan for putting your new leadership skills into action—at Drew and wherever your life path takes you.
This course introduces students to socially responsible leadership as a practice and a field of study. While learning about individual, organizational, and social change leadership, students will develop an understanding of their own strengths as leaders. Through personal reflection, team exercises, academic research and a real-world leadership project, students will explore the knowledge, skills, and values that make for both successful and unsuccessful leadership.
CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Writing Intensive
4.00 Credit hours
The Drew Innovation Program facilitates student skills development and career exploration by helping them create, test, and implement solutions to real-world problems. Students are exposed to an array of approaches to and structures for executing innovative ideas—including entrepreneurial start-ups, for-profit companies, and non-profit organizations—related to their academic and career interests.
Students from the 2017-18 Innovation Program participated in UPitchNJ, an innovative statewide collegiate business model competition showcasing the Garden State’s top young talent. Their project proposed the development of the Service Animal Advocacy Group, a group devoted to promoting proper etiquette around service animals, as well as establishing lasting relationships between service animal users and local businesses.
CE 275H/BST250H Innovation: Special Topics in Civic Engagement: CREATING ORGANIZATIONS THAT SOLVE PROBLEMS
This is a two-semester course sequence enabling students to think and collaborate across disciplines: arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. The 2018-19 focus is building problem-solving skills in order to formulate ways to tackle real world problems. “In this course, students can choose a topic, or a problem, that they are passionate about and work on devising a solution,” said Dr. Minjoon Kouh, Associate Professor and Chair of the Physics Department. “Some students may recognize this as establishing their own start-up company with an innovative product, and others may identify this as creating an organization for a clearly-defined social issue.” This course will give students the opportunity to explore ideas in fields that they are passionate about, and provide experience for what the process of combatting these issues will entail in real life scenarios. The course is taught by Professor Andreas Panayi on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.
This is a two-semester course sequence enabling students to create and implement solutions to real-world problems that have social impacts. Act, think and collaborate across disciplines: arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. The 2017-18 focus is on how technologies harm or benefit societies and individuals. Take action to help avoid the pitfalls of technological advances while optimizing their benefits to humanity.
The course will feature opportunities to connect with innovators and entrepreneurs outside of the university setting. Lead faculty are Emily Hill (Computer Science) and Andrew Elliot (Theater and Dance).
Permission of instructors required.
Internships create unique opportunities to practice skills and theories learned in the classroom and see how they are applied in the workplace. Drew University offers internship opportunities with hundreds of companies and organizations close to campus and across the country.
Contact the Center for Internships and Career Development for more information about these opportunities.
Civic Scholar Gabi Bisconti C’16 had five internships in her time at Drew. Gabi interned for Joseph R. Patenaude Theater, New York Women in Film and Television, Night Castle Management, Greater Media NJ and ARTS by the People.