UMass course (credit-based)

Master of Science in Design & Historic Preservation

The Design & Historic Preservation Master of Science program uses Hancock Shaker Village, one of the largest and best preserved Shaker sites in the nation, as a primary study site. The Shaker’s deep-seated commitment to sustainability in building, living and farming is the philosophical ground for the program’s curriculum. Students learn and expand their skills in architectural design, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, as well as their understanding of historic site management while working closely with leading preservationists in the state and region.

Practicum: Holyoke Tutorial

Offered through the campus's Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin Studies, this practicum enables current students to work with Elementary and Middle School students in the Holyoke school system in an after-school program. UMass students work with the public school students in language arts and other activities.

HT-MGT: 355 Food Production Management: The Marriott Meals

The Marriott Meals is a core course within the HTM program in which students have the opportunity to manage the restaurant with a team of student employees. Students deliver first-class dining experiences to guests for lunches and dinners. All of the menu items served are made fresh-to-order. Overall, this course provides an exceptional management and interactive learning environment, after which students feel confident moving forward within the hospitality industry.

Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

Engaging the Senses in Sexual Health Programming

The “Engaging the Senses in Sexual Health Programming” program uses the Community Health Education’s Women’s Health/Family Planning course (PUBHLTH 582) to create opportunities for students to develop health curricula or programs for pregnant and parenting young women. Students are encouraged to develop a sex positive, arts-based curriculum that can be embraced by students at the Care Center (in Holyoke) by being more engaging than the standard lecture and rote information presentation. Theater is now being considered as a method for engaging participants in sexuality education.

Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

UMass Amherst Pal Project

The UMass Amherst Pal Project is a community partnership service learning program that connects university students and residents of a local area nursing home in order to provide a social support system for long-term care residents who may otherwise experience social isolation. The student Pals are undergraduate juniors and seniors from the department of Communication Disorders at UMass Amherst. Our core mission is to improve the quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities by increasing their opportunities for social interaction.

UMass Amherst Aphasia Pal Project

The Aphasia Pal Project is a community service learning program that brings together undergraduate students and local area aphasic stroke survivors. The mission is two-fold: first, to increase social opportunities for individuals living with socially isolating language impairments following stroke; and second, to provide an integrative experience for juniors and seniors in the Dept. of Communication Disorders wherein they have opportunities to learn and practice being supportive conversation partners to those with aphasia.

Sustainable Living - Service Learning Class

This service-learning class introduces students to global challenges, while helping them discover practical solutions that may be implemented in their daily lives. In addition to learning to make personal and professional decisions that support sustainability, students spend 8 hours on a service-learning project.

Sustainable Agriculture - Service Learning Class

In this service-learning class, an overview and introduction to sustainable agriculture, students travel for one afternoon each week to a different farm in order both to learn about the farm and to engage in a work project, such as pasture management, weeding or planting. In addition, each student takes on groups research projects with a community partner. Past research projects have focused on, for example, beekeeping for home gardenders, or creating a garden at a Veteran's Administration Hospital.

Community Development in Health Education Public Health 302

This course is designed for students interested in improving community and individual health by applying the theories and tools from the fields of community organizing and community development. Students gain skills and techniques to involve people in the analysis of the health problems and solutions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. Students are also introduced to the principles and methods of community participatory research in local communities.

Information Technology Capstone

In this full-year, community-based capstone, student teams create and implement a service-learning project which provides technical support to a community partner. Previous projects have included designing websites, developing databases and training teachers. For example, one team project included planning and implementing four trainings for approximately 100 Holyoke Public School teachers, enhancing the ability of local educators to use technology for their own efficiency, as well as to enhance the educational experience of their students.

Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters

In this service-learning course, SRVCLRNG 292M, students mentor a child with Big Brothers Big Sisters, while also studying the history of mentoring and considering theories of youth development and best practices in mentoring. Students also critically examine their own assumptions and beliefs in order to better understand their interactions with your Little Brother or Sister and their family. Through this course, students develop skills as mentors and for working in a variety of social service settings.

The UMass Alliance for Community Transformation

UACT's collaborations with communities are built around curricular Alternative Breaks designed with a focus on community organizing and social justice. UACT is coordinated by student leaders, all of whom are alumni of UACT. These leaders work with a faculty and staff advisor to manage all aspects of UACT programs: curriculum design, leadership training, classroom facilitation, and fundraising. UACT is a unique partnership of UMass students, faculty and members of grassroots community organizations working together to design programs that build community and promote justice.

Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision.

The Boltwood Project

Since 1969, UMass has been home to The Boltwood Project, a student-led Service-Learning course that partners with 14 community programs for people with disabilities. Students participate in weekly service sessions at local community sites. Over 200 student participate in The Boltwood Project each year.

IMPACT! Service-Learning RAP Program

IMPACT! is the service-learning Residential Academic Program. Through this year-long program, students learn how to make a positive impact on the larger community around UMass, and find a place for themselves in that community, by working in a local community service site for 30 hours both fall and spring semester. IMPACT! strives to create a holistic experience for students by integrating service, contemplative practice, social justice, and leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the larger community.

Hunger and Community Food Security

In this service learning course, SRVCLRNG 292F, students learn about hunger and food security. Through readings, field trips, and service work, students engage topics such as food banks, community gardens, nutrition education, and an historical perspective on hunger. As part of their coursework, students perform at least 30 hours of community service experience at a site of their choosing. The course aims to provide students with a larger perspective on the community and the issues.

Viewing Violence Critically: A Media Literacy Program

Every Spring semester, undergraduate students enrolled in COMM 426 Media Violence and graduate students from the Department of Communication visit Deerfield Elementary School to offer a 5- or 6-session media literacy unit to all three sixth grade classrooms at the school. The UMass students (graduate and undergraduate) design the unit, creating PowerPoint slides to convey the material, choosing media clips to analyze and critique, and devising interactive assignments and homework questions for the 6th graders. Then they visit the schools to offer the unit they have designed. Prof.

resourcesforhistoryteachers: A Multimedia/Multicultural Wikispace

This website for history and social studies teachers and students provides resources for every Learning Standard of the Massachusetts History & Social Science Curriculum Framework as well as the AP World History Key Concepts and the AP U.S. History Themes. School of Education faculty, and graduate students in EDUC 613 contribute academic content, lesson plans, web links, multicultural teaching ideas, primary source material, and other resources. This wiki won a MassCUE Webbie Award and was an Edublog Award Finalist. It is a free public resource.

Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models for Schools

The Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models for Schools (TEAMS), which began in 1984, places undergraduate and graduate students from College of Education courses into tutoring situations in Springfield and other area schools. The project aims to improve school performance among K-12 students and increase knowledge of teaching as a career among college tutors.

Introduction to Multicultural Education

In this service learning course, EDUC 377, undergraduates partner with various after-school programs in Holyoke, MA. In these community partnerships, students integrate theory and practice by applying their evolving knowledge about the relationship between social identity, social experience, policy and practice, and inequality. Concurrently, students reflect on their community partnerships in small-group, in-class discussions. A free bus is provided by the UMass Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning.

Children, Teens, and Media

In this service learning course, COMM338, undergraduates volunteer with 3rd-graders who are participating in Amherst Cinema’s See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF) Program. Volunteers watch short animated films with the children, facilitate word games, help them collaboratively create stories, and work with them to create storyboards.

Community Journalism

In this service-learning course, undergraduates partner with students from Commerce High School in Springfield on print and multimedia journalism projects. Students write about topics not addressed by the mainstream media, working with experts in sites such as homeless shelters, health clinics, and public schools to research their projects. Undergraduates and high school students do intensive field work in their exploration of complicated social realities. In 2012, additional funding also enabled students to visit the Newseum in Washington, DC.