Serve 2 Learn


UMKC Service-Learning/Community Engagement

UMKC is connected and engaged with Kansas City communities through many innovative faculty and student projects. On this page, UMKC Service Learning keeps a running list of courses with a significant community engagement component for three purposes: 1) To help students interested in learning in a community context know where to look for courses. 2) To give visibility to the faculty members who embrace this teaching methodology. 3) To help Kansas City community organizations conceptualize possible ways of connecting with UMKC. Please note this list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Some of the courses have utilized UMKC Service-Learning or Serve 2 Learn and others have not.  To bring together the list, faculty members share basic information about their courses with UMKC Service Learning.
Faculty wanting more information on how to get started with service-learning - contact Alexis at or 816.235.5872.

Spring Semester 2013

  • ANTHROPOLOGY 322 Race and Ethnic Relations incorporates an applied learning experience in the community (Torres).
  • CE411 – Civil Engineering Capstone:  We design small civil engineering projects for local government.  In 2012-13, we are working with City of Leawood, City of Olathe and Johnson County (KS) Public Works. This course will continue into spring semester.
  • ECONOMIC 366 The Kansas City Economy
  • ENGLISH Language, Literacy, Power students will be facilitating groups of children to write their own group fiction (Mahala).
  • HISTORY 300R -- A special topics course focusing on public history. This semester, the students and faculty are doing a group research project on World War I that will be exhibited at the Miller Nichols Library and at the National World War I Museum. Next year, this course may be an Anchor III course - History for the Public (HISTORY 3900) (Bergerson).
  • HEALTH SCIENCES Issues in Aging - students select one of 15 community partner sites to gain experience (Lindholm).
  • LAW 8769 Law & Poverty (January term)- A survey of significant issues in poverty law and policy, including an examination of the poverty law topics most commonly addressed in poverty law practices (acc4ess to income; employment; food; housing; child care and support; and health and legal services), poverty programs access to the civil justice system and the changing nature of poverty law practice. Students may undertake a service learning project of their own design in lieu of a final examination (Glesner-Fines).
  • LAW 8751 S Family Violence (Spring 2013) - An in-depth examination of family violence from a legal perspective. Course topics will include interdisciplinary study of the dynamics and psychology of family violence, of historical and social policies, specialized problems of family violence (including intimated partner violence, child abuse and neglect, gay and lesbian battering, and elder abuse) and legal responses. Students will receive practical training in safety planning, intake, review of community resources, case logistics, and advocacy for temporary orders. Students may undertake a service learning component, assisting in representation of victims of domestic violence in obtaining protective orders, divorces, etc., for one additional credit (Glesner-Fines).
  • NURSING 230 Aging - Students select one of 8 community sites to gain experience in this area of the field (Lindholm).
  • PSYCH 428 Applied Advanced Child Development (Gensheimer)
  • SOCIOLOGY 336 Society, Community, and Service -- The course includes a 100 hour internship component (Torres).  

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