Service-Learning Courses at UT-Austin

Selected Academic Service-Learning Courses

The following academic service-learning courses are taught at UT-Austin. This list includes only those courses that have been identified through a departmental resource or a class instructor. To register a new or existing course with our office, please send the course number, name, and instructor to

African and African Diaspora Studies
Applied Learning and Development (Education)
Asian American Studies
Business (McCombs)
Civil Engineering
College of Natural Sciences
Communication Studies
Community and Regional Planning
Early Childhood Special Education
Educational Administration
Environmental Science
Information Studies
Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts Honors
Plan II
Public Affairs
Public Relations
Social Work
Spanish and Portuguese
Undergraduate Studies
Urban Studies


ADV 373: Integrated Communications Campaigns
Instructor: Love, Brad

African and African Diaspora Studies
AFR 374E: Afro-Caribbean Politics and Culture in Central America
The course will take place mainly in Bluefields, the capital city of the southern Atlantic autonomous region in Nicaragua. Students earn six hours of credit for the AFR374E course: Afro- Caribbean Politics and Culture in Central America. In addition, students will conduct a research project in conjunction with URACCAN students over the course of the summer session.
Instructors: Hooker, Juliet; Gordon, Edmund T.

AFR 375: Community Internship – Capstone
nternship in a community organization that facilitates the economic, political, and social development of Austin’s African American community. Students participate in research projects under the supervision of a faculty member.
Instructor: Tang, Eric

ANT 324L, ANT 391, LAS 324 L, AFR 321, ANT 379: Black Diaspora and Community Engagement in Rio de Janeiro
This course provides participants with an overview of the theories, histories, and politics of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Students conduct a research project with the help of Professor Vargas. Students can register for a supervised research course in their own department but need departmental approval beforehand. 

Students also volunteer with CRIOLA, a Brazilian NGO which supports Black women in Brazil. Their mission is to improve the living conditions of Blacks within Brazil and to train and prepare these women to face the racism, sexism and homophobia current in the Brazilian society. Volunteer positions vary but give students the opportunity to interact widely with the CRIOLA community.
Instructor: Costa Vargas, João H.

ANT 662: Archeology Field School, UT-Belize Program
This course is part of the UT-Belize Program and is an archaeological field school that provides basic hands-on training in field techniques, laboratory processing, and some aspects concerning artifact analysis and conservation.
Instructor: Valdez, Fred

Applied Learning and Development (Education)
ALD F327, LAS F322, MASF374: Sociocultural Influences on Learning
The course will revolve around an immersion cultural experience in Guatemalan cultures that includes a linguistic immersion in Spanish, or a Mayan language, in which students will live with host families and take their language course at the Proyecto Linguístico Francisco Marroquín (language school). Firsthand experience and service will enhance cultural and language learning. Students will also read and reflect on research related to various aspects of social, cultural, and linguistic diversity in Guatemala, Mexico, and in the U.S.
Instructor: Urrieta, Luis

ALD 322: Individual Learning Differences
Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of service learning with students with exceptional learning needs as they are preparing to become secondary school teachers in general education. The course highlights characteristics of students with special needs/disabilities and focuses on the understanding and use of instructional strategies needed to assist students in such programs, particularly at the secondary school level.
Instructor: Pazey, Barbara

NSC 306J, NSC 306K, NSC 306L, NSC 306M: Science for the 21st Century
These courses are part of the degree program for the Applied Learning and Development major and cross-listed under Natural Sciences. The courses focus on science as a core concept and incorporate service-learning components to prepare future elementary school teachers.
Instructors: Barr, Alexander; Bauman, Mark; Chimonidou, Antonia; Dunn, Dennis; English, Peter; and Ludwig, Randi

ARC 386M: Public Interest Design Course Series
In the Service-oriented practicum, students learn about appropriate methods for public design through their participation in a small-scale design-build project. Students will have opportunities to apply lessons from the discussions about the ethics/theory of public service with the complex world of design practice.
Instructor: Brown Wilson, Barbara

ARC 388R: Preserving Planning and Practice
Instructor: Holleran, Michael

ARC 520M: Design V
Supported by Austin Energy, this class focuses on a site in East Austin to explore design strategies.
Instructor: Lara, Fernando

ARC N386M, ARC N350R, CRP N685D, LAR N388: Public Interest Design Course Series
Taught in conjunction with the Public Interest Design Practicum, and incorporates practical activities conducted “in the field” to influence the theory discussed in the seminar
Instructor: Moore, Steven

ARC 560R, ARC 696: Advanced Studio
Retrofitting Suburbia 1: Gentrification and Suburban Diaspora
The studio has a “service‐learning” component reflecting the idea that the collaboration of university and community learners is symmetrical—both parties have knowledge required for the successful realization of a studio project and that both parties will benefit equally.
Instructor: Moore, Steven

ARC 693K: Urban Design Studio
Instructor: Almy, Dean

ARC 695: Advanced Architectural Design: Comp Studio
Instructor: Fajkus, Matt

Asian-American Studies
AAS 335: Bridging Community through Service-Learning
Hands-on approach that incorporates service to deepen student understanding of course material.
Instructor: Dawson, Diana

Business (McCombs)
BA 324H: Business Communications – Honors
Through service and assignments students learn tools for communicating in complex environments and accomplishing strategic academic and professional business goals.
Instructor: Loescher, Kristie

BGS 370: Ethics, CSR & Service Learning
This course will examine why seemingly good people so metimes make unethical choices. It will explore real-life ethical dilemm as, challenge our decision-making processes, and seek to describe our id eal behavior for the future. As an Academic Service Learning course, it will partner with corporations (like Google, Inc.), the City of Austin, local non-profits, and other local universities to engage in service pro jects, giving students the opportunity to use real-life problems and tas ks to increase learning breadth, depth, and retention.
Instructor: Landolt, Karen

MAN 325: Strategic Human Resource Management
The class will experientially explore some of the major challenges in the field of human resource management, emphasizing development of the ability to analyze problems and to apply management fundamentals to the human resources arena.
Instructor: Loescher, Kristie

MAN 336: Organizational Behavior
Students work with community or non-profit organization to find and recommend ways the organization could improve its operations. Course emphasizes the key themes of ethics and leadership.
Instructor: Dunn, Mary

MAN 366:
Instructor: Burrows, John

MIS 374: Business Systems Development
Provides foundation in business system analysis, project management, planning, design, and implementation, using basic business knowledge and computer skills.
Instructor: White, Bruce

MKT 370: Marketing Policies
This course emphasizes quantitative techniques for analyzing business problems and developing measurable recommendations for action.
Instructor: Bentzin, Ben or Alpert, Mark

OM 366P: Operations Management Practicum
Semester long projects provide practical implementation of performance excellence skills in actual business, industry, or non-profit applications. It is the foundation of the Brass Ring program.
Instructor: Hasler, Michael

Civil Engineering
CE 392M: Public Transportation Engineering
Instructor: Machemehl, Randy

Archaeology Field School
OSMAP is a multi-year project of the Department of Classics of the University of Texas at Austin. A startling new discovery was made in 1960, when another new highway was being built, this time to serve Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino. When they began to dig out the roadbed, far from where they thought the ancient city ended, they discovered more ruins. The area received preliminary excavation between 1961-1962. Beginning in 2001, The University of Texas OSMAP project, working under the auspices of the Dott.ssa Anna Gallina Zevi, current Superintendent of Ostia Antica, began to supplement these previous excavations by undertaking a digital mapping and masonry analysis of the entire area using the latest GIS survey equipment and techniques. The result will be a definitive plan, architectural history, and digital reconstruction of the buildings in this area.
Instructor: White, Michael L.

College of Natural Sciences
CH207K, CH371K
UTeach Outreach allows students of ALL majors to teach hands-on science lessons with a partner at local elementary schools while receiving course credit at UT. Students can receive two (CH207K) or three (CH371K) graded credit hours of science or elective credit, depending on your major and prerequisites. We invite you to be a part of this unique course that is planned around your schedule, provides a network with other UT students in a small classroom setting and opportunities to boost your resume with leadership roles in your area of interest. Check out this video or email us at for more information.
Instructor: Mary Miller

Communication Studies
CMS 310K: Team-based Communication
Students gain real-world experience and reflect on group experiences as they engage in a service-learning project to better understand unique aspects of communication in a team, organizational, and workplace setting.
Instructors: Pastorek, Angie; Barret, Ashley; and Birdsell, Jeff

CMS 335: Strategic Sales & Event Planning
This course is an academic service-learning course, and includes the integration of basic & advanced communication skills and the application of planning techniques for non‐profits events/functions.
Instructor: Cox, Martin

COM 370: Senior Fellows Symposium
Taught differently each semester, students engage in service-learning to deepen understanding of social issues and communication theories. The course is open only to Senior Fellows in the Department of Communication.

Community and Regional Planning
CRP 381: Financing Public Services
Instructor: Oden, Michael

CRP 386: Sustainable Land Use/Planning
Instructor: Patterson, Robert

CRP 386: Intro to GIS and Visual Communication
Instructor: Zhang, Ming

Early Childhood Special Education
SED 394: Practicum in Special Education: Professional and Ethical Practice
Approximately half of the students in this course meeting their practicum hour requirement through our collaboration with the Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), a community behavioral health and developmental disability organization. Students are studying the ethical practices of behavior analysis and are implementing it within home and community settings.
Instructor: Little, Amanda

SED 394: Practicum in Special Education: Early Childhood
A few students in this course volunteer at The Rise School of Austin, a private preschool serving typically developing children and children with special needs. Students are implementing practices learned in this course in the preschool setting.
Instructor: Little, Amanda

Educational Administration
EDA 383-2: School-Community Relations
Instructor: Green, Terrance

EDA 391K: Equity and Access in Higher Education
Instructor: Vincent, Gregory

Environmental Science
EVS 311: Field Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability
This field course introduces students to observation and analysis of environmental processes and sustainability issues. Students engage in community-based research and will gain an understanding of human impact on the environment, the interdisciplinary nature of environmental analysis, and the range of environmental science and sustainability research at UT Austin.
Instructors: Banner, Jay; Wong, Corinne

HIS 317L, AFR 317D: The Black Power Movement
Examines the major organizations, key figures, and ideologies of the Black Power movement from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Instructor: Moore, Leonard

Information Studies
INF 382D: Introduction to Information Resources and Services
Major reference resources and strategies useful in providing information services in libraries and other information agencies
Instructor: Roy, Loriene

INF 382L: Information Resources and Services: Reader’s Advisory
Evaluation and use of printed online information resources and services in specialized areas, with emphasis on new information technologies. Information-seeking behavior of users, document delivery, new roles of the information specialist in user support, and information needs of a variety of clients.
Instructor: Roy, Loriene

INF 382S: Library Instruction and Information Literacy
History of instruction in information service settings; learning theory, including learning styles; professional organizations involved in supporting instruction; instructional delivery modes and materials; and evaluation.
Instructor: Roy, Loriene

KIN 178: Health Promotion Resource Center
This seminar focuses on college health and substance abuse. In addition to participating in the lecture portion of the course, students will be required to complete forty (40) hours of developing, implementing, and evaluating peer education program(s) in which they will collaborate with other peer educators to improve the skills.
Instructor: Prince, Kevin

KIN 127L: Field Work for AMS Majors
Students partner with school districts and other organizations to put on movement events for children.
Instructor: Lambdin, Dorothy

KIN 140C, 140D, 140F, 140G, 140J: Practicum in Athletic Training
Students in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) partner with affiliated clinical sites such as UT Athletics, St. Edwards’ University, Pflugerville High School, Westwood High School, Leander High School, Rouse High School, McNeil High School, Cedar Ridge High School, McCallum High School, Connally High School, and Medicine in Motion.
Instructor: Farr, Brian

KIN 314: Children’s Movement Students will be introduced to models essential in integrating the content of language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts (music, theater arts, and visual arts) with the content of physical education through active learning experiences.
Instructor: Buchanan, Pamela; Lambdin, Dorothy

KIN 316: Programming for People with Disabilities
Develop knowledge of current concepts and trends in adapted physical education as well as the ability to plan and implement a physical education program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals.
Instructor: Buchanan, Pamela

KIN 327: Sensory and Motor Integration
Students participate in The Autism Project (TAP) to explore evidence-based practices and service learning options used with children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Buchanan, Pamela

KIN 378: Substance Abuse Prevention I This seminar focuses on specific topics related to campus issues, such as substance abuse and other topics addressed by peer educators. In addition to participating in the lecture portion of the course, students will be required to complete fifteen (15) hours of developing, implementing, and evaluating peer education program(s) in which they will collaborate with other peer educators to practice the skills that are discussed in class.
Instructor: Prince, Kevin

Liberal Arts
LA101P: Creating Academic Pathways
Instructor: Butler, Philip

LA113P: Instructing Males through Peer Advising
Instructor: Saenz, Victor

LA212C: Community Organizing and Leadership Development in Austin
Instructor: Gururaj, Suchi

Liberal Arts Honors
LAH 103H: The Ideas of Civic Engagement
Instructor: Casey, Julie

N 309: Global Health
This practicum provides opportunities for students to apply public health nursing concepts, theories, and processes to the care of aggregates and the total community. The aim of public health nursing is to partner with the community and its people to prevent illness, disability and disease, identify risk factors and promote optimal health.
Instructor: Garcia, Alexandra

N 375P: Public Health Nursing Practicum
Particular emphasis is given to the determinants of health, health indicators, human rights, globalization, current socio-cultural factors, and healthcare and public health systems.
Instructor: Murphy, Linda

N 395, ANT 388K, SW 395K: Community -Based Participatory Research
Instructor: Kim, Miyong

Plan II

TC 126: KIPP/Plan II Honors Partnership
Instructor: Thomas, Grant

TC 330: Health and Social Policy Internship/Service Learning Course
Instructor: McAlister, Alfred

PSY 341K-15: History of Modern Psychology
Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. A survey of the diverse roots of modern psychology, the competing schools that influenced psychology’s development, and the perspectives that guide scholarship in present-day psychology. Students volunteer 3 hours of their time and present on their experience and the history of the organization and how that relates to course material.
Instructor: Evans, Jacqueline

Public Affairs

PA 150S: Issues in Public Service
Instructor: Jenny Morrison

PA 150S: Sustainable Community Development
Instructor: Clare Zutz

PA 388K (last offered Fall 2012): Juvenile Justice Policy Seminar
Through strategic project assignments and expert guidance, students engage in service and produce high quality research on relevant issues to juvenile justice reform in Texas.
Instructor: Dietch, Michele

PA 388K (last offered Spring 2012): Sustainability and Development in Haiti
The RGK Center and other units within the University of Texas at Austin (UT/Austin) will send a group of 6 students to Creve (in Haiti’s Bombardopolis district) for field study and non-profit consulting.
Instructor: David Eaton

PA 680PA, PA 680GA: Policy Research Project
The LBJ School routinely offers the “Policy Research Project” (PRP) as part of its core curriculum for graduate MPAff and MGPS degree programs. The PRP is a two-semester “consultancy” that typically involves service learning. In the past, topics have included: Higher Education Productivity, Highway Funding Options for TXDOT, Crisis Response in the Horn of Africa, and Distance Learning: A Family Learning Strategy for Helping K-12 Students. A list of this year’s PRPs can be found on the LBJ School’s web site at

Public Relations
PR 348: Public Relations Techniques
This is a skill-building, writing-intensive class for public relations majors, focusing on professional-level writing for earned and owned media channels. Students work in teams to develop a digital media plan for a local nonprofit, culminating in a planbook and group presentation.
Instructor: Junker, David

PR 348, PR 378: Pro-Social Public Relations in Ireland
Instructor: Love, Brad

Social Work
SW 360K, SW 395K, AFR 374: Ghana: Community & Social Development
This study abroad (Maymester) course is based in Ghana’s capital of Accra and taught by Professor Dorie Gilbert. During the four weeks, students volunteer with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social service agencies, and community-based organizations. The course content dovetails with the nature of community service in critical ways to ensure that 1) student learning is enhanced, 2) small-scale community needs are met, and 3) students are able to critically reflect upon their entire experience. Working in teams, students completecommunity-based projects focusing on literacy, infant and maternal health, outreach to orphans, micro-lending and fair trade, and youth empowerment. A unique aspect of the course is that students work alongside Ghanaian university peers who also benefit from being part of the program.
Instructor: Gilbert, Dorie

SW 311: Sign Language & Social Work Practice with Deaf Clients: Communication Culture and Advocacy – I & II
This course provides aspiring social workers with the foundational linguistic and cultural knowledge required to work effectively with culturally Deaf individuals—those who use American Sign Language, belong to the U.S. Deaf community, and identify with American Deaf culture. Because all people want and deserve to be full communicative participants in society, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the civil rights of Deaf individuals, including their right to effective and equal access to communication and information. Captioning is an ADA-compliant accommodation that not only “makes audio and audiovisual material accessible and provides a critical link to communication, information, education, news, and entertainment for more than 36 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing,” but also can “help to improve the literacy skills of all children and adults alike” (National Association of the Deaf 2015). With training from UT’s Captioning and Transcription Services, SW 311 students learn how to caption. For their academic service learning experience, students apply this new knowledge by honoring requests from both campus and community-based organizations to help caption their informational videos. In doing so, SW 311 students demonstrate that what starts here does indeed change the world, by actively expanding effective and equal access to communication and information.
Instructor: Nonaka, Angela

SW 395K: Cross-Disciplinary Global Project Development U. S. and Abroad
This course introduces students to the challenges and successes of sustainable project development, both locally and abroad, with an emphasis on underdeveloped communities in our “own back yards”, specifically Mart, Texas, a rural community (population 2, 415) with a high concentration of poverty. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of significant social, political and economic problems confronting local and global communities, and the need to consider the community’s history and social-cultural factors when planning community development projects. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, students participate in a hands-on implementation of a local community development project designed to empower this marginalized community.
Instructor: Gilbert, Dorie

SW 360K: Cross-Disciplinary Global Project Development U. S. and Abroad
This course introduces students to the challenges and successes of sustainable global project development with an emphasis on underdeveloped communities abroad and in our “own back yards”. Through this course, students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of significant social, political and economic problems confronting local and global communities, and the need to consider the community’s unique history and social-cultural factors in development project planning and implementation. The course involves experiential and classroom learning with a service-learning component in the Austin neighborhood of Dove Springs.
Instructor: Gerstenblatt, Paula

SW 360K: Leadership in the Community
Instructor: Lauderdale, Michael

SW 360K: Confronting LGBTQ Oppression
Instructor: Hogan, Kristen

SW 395K: Transformative Teams in Healthcare
Instructors: Jones, Barbara & Luk, John

SPN 327: Spanish Advanced Grammar and Composition II
This course is different from other sections of SPN 327W, inasmuch as community service is required. Students will spend 3 hours per week in class, as in other sections, but significant time also will be spent volunteering in the community and reflecting on the volunteer experience. Class time will be divided between grammar review and reading, writing, and talking about the ethics, leadership, and personal experience of community service.
Instructor: Johnson, Jane

POR 341: Language and Culture in Salvador
The 500-year-old tropical city of Salvador da Bahia is a cultural, historic and architectural jewel. Home to the largest and most spectacular concentration of colonial buildings in the Americas, built majestically atop the city’s highest ocean cliffs, this tropical metropolis was the first capital of Brazil. It is densely populated by tall apartment buildings and modest homes set along the green coastline. June feasts fill public and private spaces with music and folkloric celebrations allowing students to experience rich Afro-Brazilian traditions. June also brings frequent tropical showers which keep the temperatures in the 70s. The program offers intermediate and advanced levels of Brazilian Portuguese language and culture, housing with host families and service learning projects. A UT faculty member teaches one course while the other courses are taught by faculty from the Associacao Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos (ACBEU)’s Vitoria campus.
Instructor: Afolabi, Niyi

POR F341: Afro-Brazil and Afro-Brazilians: Literatures, Culture, Representation
The purpose of this six-week course is to analyze the literary, cultural and social representation of Afro-Brazilians (blacks and mulattoes) from 1800s to contemporary authors. After a brief introduction of the histories of resistance against slavery in colonial times (quilombos), the course will focus on Nineteenth century literatures on and about Afro-Brazilians with an emphasis on Nineteenth century black rebellions (Malês), and the contradictions of abolitionist literature. The first four decades of the twentieth century will focus on modernismo-regionalista literatures, to criticize views of Brazilian racial democracy and the contradictions of Populist depictions of Afro-Brazilians. The last part of the course will focus on contemporary works written by Afro-Brazilian authors, from the social emergence of Abdias do Nascimento “Movimento Negro” to contemporary narratives, music and documentaries which main focus are the cultures of poverty, abandonment, violence in the inner cities, and social discrimination. The course will include cultural tours around main cultural sites in Salvador, Bahia. The course will be taught in Portuguese (readings in English and Portuguese) and will include documentaries and film in Portuguese (or with English subtitles).
Instructor: Arroyo, Jossianna

Undergraduate Studies
UGS 303: Race in the Age of Obama
Restricted to first-year students. Large-group lecture and discussion class focusing on a contemporary issue. Designed to introduce undergraduates to scholarly analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective. Includes an introduction to University resources, such as research facilities, museums, and attendance at University lectures or performances as assigned. Course includes a service-learning component.
Instructor: Moore, Leonard

UGS 303: Sustaining a Planet
Designed to introduce undergraduates to scholarly analysis. Includes a service-learning component as part of students’ portfolio assignment.
Instructor: Allen, David; Banner, Jay

Urban Studies

URB 315: Urban Studies Research Methods
Instructor: Adams, Paul

URB 348: Urban Studies Directed Internship
Students are required to participate in and successfully complete an internship in an urban studies related public or non-profit agency as well as a Service learning project(s) with a non-profit organization in the Austin metropolitan area with the broader purpose of applying theories and understanding of urban studies practices and organizations.
Instructor: Akins, Erick

URB 360: Internship and Service Learning
Instructor: Akins, Erick