COMMUNITY Credit Opportunities
This page highlights the many different options for students wishing to complete their Service-Learning (COMMUNITY) requirement. The Service-Learning Program at Centenary College has existed for over 15 years and serves as one of many ways in which Centenary students are given the opportunity to make their own positive difference within the local community.
As one of the three parts of The Trek Experience, undergraduate students must complete this requirement in order to graduate from the college. Students must register to complete their Service-Learning requirement through one of the following opportunities prior to graduation. Click on an option to jump to a description of each.
For more detailed information on Service-Learning click here.
For information on Summer options for COMMUNITY credit click here.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Community for more information about these partnerships and how to choose the option that is best for you.
Learning Through Community (CO 153)
The majority of students complete their COMMUNITY requirement through CO 153. This course is designed for students to have the opportunity to choose a Community Partner and participate an independent Service-Learning project during any given semester.
Some of the requirements for CO 153 include:
- Student serve a minimum of 30 hours of Community Based Learning with an approved Community Partner of their choice.
- Once a student has completed their Community Based Learning experience they will present to their peers a summary of what they did in a fun a creative way at the end of the semester in which they began their Service-Learning experience.
- All students must fill out and turn in the Community Program Assessment upon completion of the course.
COMMUNITY Credit Courses & Projects (CO 151)
Students may fulfill their COMMUNITY requirement through a number of academic courses by being concurrently enrolled in the course and COMMUNITY. In this option, students participate in Service-Learning projects that are relevant to their area of study and what they are learning in the course.
The Psychology Department
Through a partnership between the Office of Community and Dr. Amy Hammond, professor of Psychology, students who are enrolled in Human Growth & Development now have the opportunity to complete their COMMUNITY credit concurrently through this course.
In the Spring of 2010, students worked with the Goldman School and Childhood Development Center at The Arc, Holy Angels Residential Facility, and Northwest Supports and Services. Human Growth & Development students served in classrooms and residential halls working with the students and adults, and observing the behaviors of both typically and atypically developing people. This is an exciting new collaboration, because students have the opportunity to relate what they're observing at each Community Partner organization to what they are learning in the course, enhancing the learning experience and providing experiential education.
Click HERE to learn more about this course by viewing Dr. Hammond's Human Growth & Development Service-Learning syllabus.
The Neuroscience Department
Through the efforts of Dr. Greg Butcher, Professor of Neuroscience, students who enroll in Introduction to Neuroscience and Sensation and Perception will now be able to earn their Service-Learning credit concurrently. Students work in pairs to create a demonstration related to the brain, and then take that demonstration on the road to Sci-Port to show groups of children from area schools. Past participants in this S-L project have claimed that the project deepened their knowledge of the subject matter from the course, and gave them a sense of fulfillment having been able to teach science to young kids in a fun way.
To learn more about the specifics of this project, click HERE to download Dr. Butcher's project description.
The Frost School of Business
The Centenary College Frost School of Business implemented a pilot service-learning project in the spring of 2009, and duplicated that project in the spring of 2010. Taxation students provided free electronic tax preparation services to members of the Centenary community and residents of the Highland area. Sponsored by Dr. Helen B. Sikes, Professor of Accounting and Finance, students participating in the project achieved valuable experience electronically preparing and filing federal and state tax returns.
Area residents and community members received cost-savings of tax preparation fees which can easily reach $250 at nationally advertised firms," said Sikes. "Two of our students, Stephanie Beauvais and Jessica Mar quart, junior accounting and finance majors, participated in the pilot service project during the spring of 2009 and prepared more than 40 federal and state tax returns in nine different states." During the spring of 2010, a dozen students helped with the project. The students interviewed the taxpayers and prepared the returns and after a review by Sikes, the returns were electronically filed with the IRS and the various states.
Click HERE to read more about the great success of this program.
Art and Visual Culture
During the Fall 2009 semester, Dr. Michelle Glaros sponsored the VA Video Project, in which several students recorded interviews with veterans at the VA Hospital. The interviews were then sent to the Library of Congress, permanently recording the stories of our brave veterans for future generations to see.
During the Summer of 2010, Dr. Lisa Nicoletti sponsored the Pop! Installation at Artspace. Students worked with Megan Porter at Artspace to install a 50 foot piece made by injecting paint into bubble wrap to create a mosaic-type image. The project was a huge success and most of the students plan to continue helping with installations at Artspace in the future.
Theater and Dance
During the Spring 2010 semester, Dr. Emily Heugatter sponsored a production of The Tempest with the idea of touring local underserved high schools and bringing the arts to teens that typically wouldn't have that opportunity. The production was a huge success, and ended up being performed twice at Centenary College, free and open to the entire community. The group also performed for the residents of Northwest Supports and Services, and for the students of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches.
COMMUNITY May Modules
Each May students have the option of participating in May Modules that have been approved for COMMUNITY credit, thereby fulfilling both their Module and COMMUNITY requirements at the same time. Future May Module offerings may differ from those listed here. Please contact our office with any questions about the Service-Learning component in any of the following modules, or click here to read more about the May Module requirement.
Urban Education: Pursuing the Dream in America’s Education Desert
In this course, students will be immersed in the urban community including K-12 schools, community organizations, and religious organizations. Course participants will explore how individuals in this community seek to live the American dream through public education and with the support of community and religious organizations, despite their continued status of separate and unequal. Particular attention will be given to several groups in urban schools including low socio-economic, African American, and English language learner students and their families. This course will satisfy the requirements as set forth in the Trek Experience for Service-Learning or Intercultural credit.
The course will be an analysis of the fauna and flora on a 150 acre finca. It is a working dairy farm surrounded on two of the three sides by a tropical dry forest. The students collect samples of the fauna or flora on the finca and catalog the collection. A special attempt will be made to learn about the natural history of several species to include in the database. In the spirit of Gaviotis, students will participate in sustainable development projects based on methane generation, solar energy, or other projects. Lectures on the characteristics and formation of Mesoamerica and Nicaragua will be given. The Holdridge Life Zone System and its application to the tropical dry forest will be an important biological focus. Techniques for the collection, care and preparation of specimens will be taught and used during the module. Trips to several points of interest will be made during the 15 days of the module. Among these will be trips to Granada, Masaya and to a fishing port, La Boquita. Other trips will be to points of biological interests: e.g., Lago Nicaragua.
Religions of Northern India
Students will explore the major religious traditions of Northern India, with special attention granted to the traditions and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Objectives: 1. To study Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Islam in the socio-cultural context of Northern India 2. To study Tibetan Buddhism under several high lamas (Rinpoches) 3. To visit the major temples and shrines of these religious traditions, including the Taj Mahal 4. To establish an email relationship with a Tibetan nun or monk two months prior to departure and spend significant face-to-face time with their email partner while in Dharamsala, India* 5. To provide students an optional opportunity to fulfill their Service- Learning requirement while in Dharamsala.
COMMUNITY Internship Program
Want to Make a Difference as a Career? While students in the Christian Leadership Center already take part in this program, we are expanding the program to offer it to students of other majors and interests as well.
Students are able to complete both their CAREER and COMMUNITY graduation requirements simultaneously through participation in formal internships with local Non-Profit Organizations. These eligible opportunities will be listed on both the Office of Global Engagement and the Office of Career Services websites.
The Christian Leadership Center
The Office of Community and Centenary's Christian Leadership Center (CLC) have a unique partnership in that students who are enrolled in the CLC Internship Program can receive COMMUNITY credit for the internships that they sucessfully complete according to the CLC Internship Program guidelines.
For more information about this great opportunity contact:
Mission Coordinator for the Christian Leadership Center
You can also click HERE to visit the CLC website.