Public and Community Service Studies
Are you an idealist who wants to change the world? Want to be part of a dynamic, engaging learning community that connects your classes with real-world problem-solving? Hope to have a career that serves society? Then the Public & Community Service Studies (PSP) major is right for you!
PSP offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on solving real-world problems. PSP students work closely with faculty and community partners to research and address complex issues and then reflect on this shared work to develop the leadership skills necessary for making positive social change. The department’s innovative curriculum, the first of its kind in the country, continues to make it a pioneer and leader in community engaged, experiential learning.
Statement of Purpose
Public and Community Service Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that engages real-world social issues through an ongoing process of action, reflection, and formal study that we call “reflective practice”. Public and Community Service students work closely with faculty and community partners to research, address complex issues, and reflect on this shared work to develop the leadership skills necessary for making positive social change. The curriculum addresses fundamental building blocks of community, the public good, and service in a democratic society. Grounding the study of these ocncepts in experience, stories, data, and formal analysis, PSP develops the capacities of students, community partners, and faculty to contribute to community building, racial and economic equity, and organizing for social justice.
The academic program is built on a collaborative teaching model in which all courses integrate community engaged learning in an intentional way. Some of the skills developed are community building, working across cultural boundaries, organizational development, public speaking, policy analysis, and community-engaged research.