Seminars and Programs

Social Concerns Seminars

Social concerns seminars are one-credit engaged learning courses that require students to do social analysis, work with community partners around the country, and reflect on their service experience.

Summer Service Learning Program

The Summer Service Learning Program is a three-credit theology course with an eight-week immersion for Notre Dame students who are interested in expanding their education by working with and learning from persons who are marginalized in society.

International Summer Service Learning Program

The International Summer Service Learning Program is a four-credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues. 

summer courses and internships

Summer courses and internships provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply their academic studies in a professional setting with a social focus. 


Students who are interested in using Spanish skills and developing intercultural competence can participate in community-based learning in a variety of local, national, and international option.


Community-based research is a collaborative effort between academic researchers and non-academy based community members that aims to generate social action and positive social change through the use of multiple knowledge sources and research methods. 


Experience education outside the classroom.


Equity, Justice & Higher Education
CSC 33987 / AFST 33303 / ESS 33361
SOC 30082 / 3 credits 
Since the founding of the first college in1636, U.S. higher education has been a force both for and against social justice and the achievement of equitable outcomes for different sociocultural groups. We’ll begin by examining the historical role of U.S. higher education as a force for (in)equity and (in)justice, and then move to examining (in)equities in access to higher education, students’ experiences within colleges and universities, and outcomes of higher education. We will also examine the role of higher education as a social institution, including higher education as a public good and the mission and responsibility of higher education.

Asset-Based Community Development
CSC33988 / 3 credits
Community development captures the imagination by being inherently multidisciplinary and drawing from two ambiguous words–‘community’ and ‘development.’ In this course, we will explore the social and cultural elements and the natural and built environments that shape community and how they relate to each other in the building vitality, sustainability, and quality of life in our communities. Students will be introduced to the different stakeholders in the community development process, including community-based organizations, community development corporations, government agencies, academic institutions, and others. We will discuss core community development issues, processes, and strategies– with an emphasis on thinking about practices that bring improvement for the community, not just for the privileged.