Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning Classes

These 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.

Fall 2017 CBL Classes

Spring 2017 CBL Classes

Fall 2016 CBL Classes

Examples of our CBL Classes

LD_072616_Theatre_Newark_Summer_0523Drew 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 spent 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 took 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.”

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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.

Minor: Applied Leadership

Minor in Applied Leadership


No matter what path you take after graduation – conducting research, promoting human rights, advocating for environmental sustainability, or working in the business world – the Minor in Applied Leadership provides the tools to magnify your impact.

Connect your passion for action with your academic interests through hands-on experience and engaging course work. Build a practical set of skills for any intended career, whether in nonprofit, for profit, government, or community. Learn to lead with integrity while gaining leadership knowledge and experience. Then develop a plan for putting your new leadership skills into action – at Drew and wherever your life path takes you.

About the Minor

Requirements: 20 credits; no more than 8 credits taken for this minor may be counted towards a major.

Gateway Course (4 credits): CE 250: Leadership in Practice. Examine the scholarship on individual, organizational, and social change leadership in the context of a real-world project, introducing leadership as a practice and field of study.

Ethics Course (4 credits): Choose one course from regular offerings in ethics.

Communication or Management Course (4 credits): Choose one course focused on developing communication or management skills important to effective leadership.

Experiential Learning

  • Community-Based Learning (4 credits):Select one Community-Based Learning class at or above the 200 level in any field.
  • Internship (2 credits):Complete a 70 hour internship that includes shadowing a decision-maker and writing a research paper emphasizing scholarship, practice, and values of effective leadership.

Leadership Project (2 credits)

CE 350 CE 351: Leadership In Action I & II: Develop a year-long leadership project focused on real world problems. Students research, plan, implement and evaluate the progress and impact of their projects.

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Innovation 2017-18

Are you controlling your phone or is your phone controlling you? New Course for Fall 2017: Innovation

Explore the impact of technologies on human societies and individuals—for good and for ill.

Innovation Course Flyer Fall 2017CE 275 KZ: Special Topics in Civic Engagement: Innovation 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.