Spring 2016 Course Offerings

WGS 379L – Community Internship course in Women’s & Gender Studies (Led by an MEC Program Coordinator)
This internship course is designed to help students develop an intersectional praxis for community engagement. Through the coursework students will gain a basic foundation in community organizing principles, social justice theory, intersectional theory, and the history of Austin in order to provide context for off-campus work in community-based / non-profit organizations. Students are expected to intern with a community-based group or non-profit organization and develop a final project based on those experiences. Besides completing the assigned readings, students will work with the instructor to identify additional readings that are pertinent to their internship placement and will assist them with their final project. Through the course meetings, readings, and the internship, students are expected to learn the ways in which individuals and groups can organize to solve social problems and analyze issues. To sign up, please contact Rocío Villalobos –

AMS 370/EDA 391S – The History and Future of Higher Education
This course is a prototype for the type of research-based learning community that we hope to foster through a new Innovation Center on campus. Working collaboratively, undergraduates and graduate students will conduct original research on the role of colleges and universities in American life, past and present. Students will also engage with members of the university community and beyond through guest speakers, and a culminating conference during which class members will present their research to the public. Students will be active players in all aspects of the course. Admission requires permission of instructors. Qualifies for writing and independent inquiry flags.

EDA 391K – Multicultural Modes of Mentoring
This course will explore the literature and foundational literature on developmental relationships, mentoring in particular, largely in higher educational settings. Concepts such as sponsorship, coaching, and role modeling will also feature prominently. Participants will engage in self-reflective exercises pertaining to their own developmental relationships, both as senior, junior, and peer participants. In addition, the course will explore prominent mentoring programs in the community (both university and Austin-area).

This course will be open to upper-division undergraduate students with the permission of Dr. Reddick – please email for details.