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Community-Engaged Courses at Binghamton University

Here are some examples of academic service-learning (ASL) and community-engaged learning (CEL) courses offered at Binghamton University.

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To have your course posted, contact the faculty engagement associate at cce@binghamton.edu.

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

AAAS 280E/HIST 280: History of Asian/America, CEL

John Cheng — associate professor and director of graduate studies, Asian and Asian American studies
Students conduct original historical research using genealogical tools and archival materials to compare the lives and experiences of two Asian Americans in the early 20th century. Syllabus

AAAS 480S/ENG 450P Community Engagement, ASL

Lisa Yun — associate professor, Asian and Asian American studies and English
Students develop intensive research projects that address aspects, histories or needs of immigrant communities that have been marginalized or missing in public discourse and present them to the public. Syllabus

Advanced Standard Arabic 305 and 306, CEL

Omid Ghaemmaghami — assistant professor, Arabic & NE Studies
Students participate in a language and cultural exchange event at the American Civic Association with local Arabic immigrants and refugees. 

ANTH 554G/480J: Heritage and Communities, CEL

George Homsy — assistant professor, public administration
Work with Safe Streets of Binghamton to create a beautiful neighborhood with a positive reputation and engaged community members. Syllabus - Project Details - GIS Story Map

ARTH 483E/SOC 480B/HDEV 483E: Zombie Revolution: Reclaiming Vacant Properties in Binghamton, N.Y., CEL

Karen-edis Barzman — associate professor, art history
Undergraduate students interview Binghamton residents to learn the perceived challenges of getting involved in the revitalization of distressed communities. Syllabus

ARTH 583A/PAFF 586: Partnerships in Sustainable Community Revitalization: Reclaiming Vacant Properties in Binghamton, NY

Karen-edis Barzman — associate professor, art history
Graduate students interview Binghamton residents to learn the perceived challenges of getting involved in the revitalization of distressed communities. Syllabus

CINE 380J: Curating Film and Video, ASL

Tomonari Nishikawa — assistant professor, cinema
Coordinate, plan, publicize or fundraise for the Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival in downtown Binghamton. Syllabus

HIST 225/RUS 280, CEL

Heather D. DeHaan — associate professor and chair, history
Conduct an interview with someone with ethnic origins in the former Russian Empire. Syllabus

HIST381D: Borderlands of Eastern Europe, CEL

Heather D. DeHaan — associate professor and chair, history
Conduct an oral interview with an immigrant from East Central Europe. Syllabus

School of Management

UNIV 280: Global Business Risk Management, CEL

Elena Iankova — adjunct assistant professor, School of Management
Students design and present international exporting strategies for local businesses. Syllabus

IBUS 481E, 581A: Doing Business in Emerging Markets, CEL

Elena Iankova — adjunct assistant professor, School of Management
Students design and present international exporting strategies for local businesses. Syllabus

MIS 323, CEL

Sumantra Sarkar — assistant professor, School of Management
Teams of undergraduate students will work in the community to do a Systems Analysis project for a community organization. Syllabus

MIS 523, CEL

Sumantra Sarkar — assistant professor, School of Management
Teams of graduate students will work in the community to do a Systems Analysis project for a community organization. Syllabus

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

ME 577: Mechanics in Energy Applications, CEL

Congrui Grace Jin — assistant professor, mechanical engineering
Graduate students partner with high school students to present research on alternative energy. Syllabus

SSIE 561: Quality Assurance for Engineer, CEL

Changqing Cheng — assistant professor, systems science and industrial engineering
Students work in project teams with community partners to apply research to solve challenging real-world problems. Syllabus

Decker School of Nursing

Nursing 499: Asthma-based Research, CEL

Judy Quaranta — assistant professor, Decker School of Nursing
Students trained in Open Airways asthma education, implement modules in local elementary schools and produce research. Syllabus

College of Community and Public Affairs

CCPA 360, HDEV 355: Community Schools, CEL

Luann Kida — Promise Zone Community Schools Director
(previously Laura Bronstein & Elizabeth Carter)
This course provides an introduction to community schools – using schools as the hubs of communities, an innovative way to serve children and families, and to nurture and sustain communities. Syllabus

CCPA 464, LACAS 597: Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture and Literature of the Andes, ASL

Giovanna Montenegro — assistant professor, comparative literature and romance languages
(previously: Susan Appe, Nadia Rubaii)
Language exchange, build houses, listen to panel on development alternatives in Peru. Syllabus

CCPA 611: Community and Public Affairs Seminar III Community Systems, CEL

Elizabeth Mellin — director and associate professor, CCPA PhD program
Doctoral students choose and research a community-based issue, problem, or policy of their choosing through a 5-part, semester-long project. Syllabus

EDUC: Making and Tinkering for Youth, ASL

Amber Simpson — assistant professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
Teams of students work alongside community partners in developing STEM-related making and tinkering programs for youth. 

HDEV 100: The Study of Human Change, CEL

Myra Sabir — assistant professor, human development
Develop a locally relevant social transformation proposal and present proposed solutions to community organizations. SyllabusProject Details

HDEV106: Practicum in Leadership and Community Service, CEL

Al Vos — associate professor, English
Students serve at a local organization, write weekly journals, give a presentation about their organization, and write a final capstone reflective essay. Syllabus

HDEV 116: Practicum in Leadership and Community Development, CEL

Al Vos — associate professor, English
Students volunteer at local organizations, write weekly journal entries, present a final presentation and write a final capstone reflective essay. Syllabus

HDEV 334: Narrative Psychology, CEL

Myra Sabir — assistant professor, human development
Juniors and seniors interview an elder in the community and write a formal research report based on the interview. Syllabus

HDEV 475: Practicum, ASL

Diane Crews — visiting assistant professor, human development
Conduct a marketing campaign, children's nutrition lessons, recruit for cancer study. Syllabus

PAFF 552: Issues in Nonprofit Administration, CEL

Susan Appe — assistant professor, public administration
Students raise and distribute funds to local nonprofits and learn and the essential role nonprofit organizations play in building vibrant communities. Read more at the course website. Syllabus

PAFF 555: Introduction to International Nongovernmental Organizations, ASL

Susan Appe — assistant professor, public administration
Working with INGOs in Upstate New York, students will examine grassroots development aid and analyze their organizational characteristics. Syllabus

SPED 522: Collaboration with Families and Staff, ASL

Elizabeth Anderson — associate professor, Department of Teaching, Learning & Educational Leadership
Students create literacy activities or math games which they teach to children during home visits or family fun nights in local schools. Syllabus

SW580/PAFF581/HDEV 480/AFST 480/NURS 505/NURS 349: Asset-based Community Development to Promote Social-Emotional Wellbeing for Youth in Malawi, ASL

Lisa Blitz — associate professor, social work
Students apply asset-based community development models to support an after-school program for children at a non-governmental organization in Malawi. Syllabus

English Language Institute

ESL 205/715: Advanced Listening and Speaking, CEL

Patricia Alikakos — ILA faculty advisor and lecturer
English language students attend an off-campus event and write a proposal about a community issue to present to class. Syllabus

Last Updated: 3/28/18