UMass course (credit-based)

Project DEEP

Over 200 students participate in Project DEEP offered each semester at UMass Amherst. Project DEEP (“Diving Education Extension Program”) is a nonprofit organization that offers courses in both basic and advanced diving for credit through the Natural Resources Conservation program. Project DEEP has dive bases out of Gloucester and Rockport. The course puts undergraduate and graduate students in touch with the world’s oceans.

Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course that involves reading and group discussions for self-motivated juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The course involves a 10-day experiential learning trip to the James Bay region of northern Quebec. Students learn about the complex influences of a global market for energy and natural resources on the forests and indigenous people of northern Quebec.

Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice

The Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice program promotes education and experiences to undergraduate students to benefit them for future careers in psychology. The program promotes diversity in the field of psychology and is designed for undergraduates who identify as a member of a diverse group or have a strong interest in research of diverse populations. Over the course of two semesters, students are engaged in a research assistantship or internship, and a seminar held at UMass Amherst.

Agricultural Learning Center

In 2013, UMass started the Agricultural Learning Center (“ALC”) as a hands-on living “classroom” or field laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students and residents of Massachusetts to pursue active learning about all forms of agriculture. The ALC will provide experiential learning opportunities in a wide variety of farming, horticultural, nursery and landscape industries. With small areas devoted to livestock, fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape crops, the ALC will offer a broad array of agricultural topics to both UMass students and the general public.

Strategies for Change: Springfield and the Transformation of Urban America

This course examined Springfield as both a microcosm of challenges facing older industrial U.S. cities and a rich array of community change efforts that engage diverse issues and social actors. Students explored strategies for change through field trips, presentations by Springfield community leaders, written assignments, and readings grounded in an empirical analysis of changing cultural, economic and political conditions. This course was taught Fall 2013..

Futurescape City Tours

Futurescape City Tours is a national public engagement project that enables citizens to explore how new technologies are changing their cities. Springfield, MA, was one of six participating cities in 2013. In addition to UMass/CPPA, partners included the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, the Loka Institute, the Springfield Science Museum, Putnam Technical High School, the UMass Design Center, and U.S Congressman Richard Neal’s office, among others.

Resource Economics Practicum: Food Bank of Western MA

In this service-learning class, students did work to evaluate the adequacy of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in Western MA in cooperation with the Food Bank of Western MA. They found that the current formula used by SNAP to determine the benefits of participants needs to be updated to capture the experience of people living in Western MA—particularly to reflect food and housing costs that are higher than the national average.

Urban Policies in Fair Housing

This service-learning class focuses on a significant and far reaching federal policy, The Fair Housing Act, as a springboard to explore many facets of urban life and policy including, but not limited to, housing, education, health, immigration, zoning, transportation, food security, voting and predatory lending. With this foundation, the second half of the semester focuses on a project with the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (MFHC) in Holyoke. MFHC will use our work to inform their fair housing program.

jubilat / Jones Reading Series

The jubilat / Jones Reading Series brings to Amherst a variety of new and established poets to read in tandem with poets who live closer to Amherst and Western Massachusetts. Every jubilat / Jones poet travels to Amherst with the help of a $200 honorarium, which the series is able to offer through the generosity of the Friends of the Jones Library and Amherst Cultural Council. Dara Wier (UMass-Amherst MFA Program for poets and writers) is co-founder and co-director of the series.

Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

Water Geographies: Conflict & Sustainability

Water Geographies: Conflict & Sustainability is a service-learning course which aims to connect students with people’s active efforts to learn about and protect water, and to help students make a difference in water-related issues they care about. To this end, students undertake two action projects of their choice, which constitutes about one-third of their grade.

Sport Sales Strategies

Students sell tickets to a high school basketball tournament run by UMASSM, the Sport Management student club, held at the Curry Hicks Cage each December to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program. The tickets are purchased by businesses in towns whose high school teams are playing and then distributed to youth organizations and schools in those towns so children can attend for free on behalf of the local businesses.

Explorations in Psychological Practice

Explorations in Psychological Practice is a service-learning capstone Honors Seminar and provides students opportunities to interact with participants in programs provided by schools or human service agencies; to understand personal reactions to experiences with people different from themselves; and to learn the benefits of civic engagement. The service learning component consists of a practicum placement in a school or human services agency from 6-8 hours a week.

SuperCuts SoccerFest

SuperCuts SoccerFest is organized by the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst and supported by the Sport Event Management class. Representing one of the leading Sport Management Programs in the world, it is dedicated to organizing and running Supercuts SoccerFest with the utmost professionalism. This program creates a unique setting to bring the community together, promoting healthy competition as well as an active lifestyle, and providing a day full of entertainment and fun for all attendees!

Sport Management Graduate Class

In conjunction with Octagon Sports Marketing, this graduate level class is provided a client and a project brief. In groups, students develop marketing plans designed to meet the client's goals contained within the brief.

Maternal Newborn Practicum

Students receive course credit for volunteering for a maternal newborn or women's health organization. In 2013, UMass Nursing students volunteered to staff the March of Dimes walk/run on Oct. 27th on campus.

Social Thought and Political Economy Program Brown Bag Activist Lunch Series

Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) students select community activists to invite to campus to deliver public talks and community discussions. Other enrolled students attend the events, read materials produced by the activists, meet separately for discussion, and write analytical papers on the activists' work.

Laboratory in Clinical Psychology: Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections

Students provide direct services in two settings in this laboratory-based class. In the first, after training to become Certified Decisional Trainers, students meet for weekly sessions to conduct a manual Cognitive Behavior Therapy problem-solving treatment with a person currently incarcerated in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections.

University Dancers Tour Class

University Dancers, composed mainly of Dance majors, is the only college touring company in New England that offers audiences a full range of dance repertory. The touring experience and the interactions at elementary, junior and senior high schools; other colleges; and community and retirement centers enable our dancers to make significant impact. For example, UD worked at the Kensington Elementary School, an inner-city school, and through UD's workshops, activities and performances, the children showed a remarkable brightening of spirit and their standardized test scores rose.

Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone

The courses for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) masters program involve collaborative Health Care Improvement projects in the students’ communities. The student first collaborates with the nursing and interdisciplinary team to identify an important issue for a patient population, and then the CNL capstone involves the development, implementation and evaluation of an improvement project for this patient population in collaboration with the community partners.

Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Challenges that state and local public works directors face in providing essential infrastructure services (e.g. water, sewer, transportation, utilities) while at the same time satisfying state and local sustainability goals related to the environment, economic development, fiscal responsibility, and public safety are the foci of this course . Several state and local officials serve as guest lecturers, and in some instances they subsequently work with the students on their term team projects addressing a local problem in their community.

Methods and Materials in Special Education

Training students to develop and implement project based learning to promote science knowledge among students with disabilities is the focus of this class. A substantial number of students partner with an ongoing project with the Holyoke Public Schools to develop and implement programs with students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This project combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.