Service Learning Courses

As of 2013, service learning courses and/or experiences are offered in all of UAB's colleges. Service learning happens in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

If you have a course that should be designated as service learning, please contact the Office of Service Learning. With over 65 course sections per year, service learning courses are available to a growing number of UAB students, reaching over 9% of undergraduates in 2011-2012.

Please check the latest class schedule for up-to-date availability where you can search for Service Learning courses by selecting "Service Learning" in the Attribute Type box.

Fall 2014 Service-Learning Designated Courses pdf version

Department Subject Course Title CRN Primary Instructor
Anthropology ANTH 467 Museum Studies 55303 Christel Carlisle
Communications CMST 481 Communications & Aging 57330 Cecil Betros
English EH 330 Professional Writing: Special Topics 55121 Jeffrey Bacha
English EH 404 Technical Writing 56848 Jeffrey Bacha
English EH 504 Technical Writing 55142 Jeffrey Bacha
Foreign Languages FLL 333 Foreign Language Intership 56590 Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez
History DCS 101 Media and Society - Honors 57027 Michele Forman
History HY 682 Internship in Public History 51562 Andrew Keitt
Justice Sciences JS 332 Community-Based Corrections 55157 Martha Earwood
Psychology PY 397 Community-Based Practicum in Psychology 51072 John Eric Gampher
Social Work SW 222 Values Lab 57041 D. Scott Batey
Social Work SW 422 Social Work Practice II 52246 Laurel Hitchcock
Social Work SW 490 Practicum in Social Work 52255 Chris Walker
Management MG 430 Management Leadership in Sports Orgs 53259 Barbara A. Wech
Management MG 490 New Business Ventures 53781 Joel Dobbs
Human Sciences HE 490 Peer Education 53015 Kelly Ross-Davis; Kachina Kudroff
Human Sciences HE 691 Peer Education 53020 Kelly Ross-Davis; Kachina Kudroff
CDS PA 617 Applied Behavioral Medicine 53295 Kelley Swatzell; Kris Maday
Nursing NUR 368 Seminar 1: Introduction to Nursing Scholars 53543  
Nursing NUR 395 Community Public Health Nursing 53729 Laura Debiasi; Katie Buys
Nursing NUR 396L Community Public Health Practicum 8 sections Buys, Grimes-Robison; Debiasi; Turner-Henson; Allen; Hamilton; Prewett
Nursing NUR 486 Seminar III: Project Implementation 53739 Angela Jukkala; Lynda Wilson
Public Health GHS 301 Non-Communicable Diseases 57101 Daniel Chavez-Yenter; Henna Budhwani
Public Health GHS 303 Food Security and Nutrition 57248 Henna Budhwani
Science & Technology Honors STH 100 Program Participation 51843 Diane Tucker
Science & Technology Honors STH 396 Internship / Community Projects 51861 Diane Tucker

Summer 2014 Service-Learning Designated Courses pdf version

Department Subject Course Title CRN Primary Instructor
Anthropology ANTH 467 Museum Studies 41431 Christel Carlisle
History HY 682 Internship in Public History 41479 Andrew Keitt
Psychology PY 397 Community-Based Practicum in Psychology 40886 John Eric Gampher
Psychology PY 397 Community-Based Practicum in Psychology 40887 John Eric Gampher
Social Work SW 222 Values Lab 41509 D. Scott Batey
Health Svs Admin AHS 481 Management Internship 42396 Jerry Trimm
Nursing AHS 481 Management Internship 42397 Jerry Trimm
Nursing NUR 484 Seminar II: SL Project Development 41873 Angela Jukkala, Marie Bakitas
Public Health PUH 498 Special Topics: SIFAT 40358 Henna Budhwani
Public Health GHS 620 Infectious Disease Surveillance & Control 40268 Craig Wilson, Henna Budhwani
Public Health GHS 630 Field Training, SIFAT 40267 Henna Budhwani
Public Health GHS 630 Field Training, SIFAT 42008 Henna Budhwani
Science and Technology Honors STH 100 Program Participation 40101 Diane Tucker
Science and Technology Honors STH 100 Internships / Community Projects 40103 Diane Tucker


 Spring 2014 Service-Learning Designated Courses - pdf version

Department Subject Course Title CRN Primary Instructor
Business MG 409 Human Resources Management 30403 Barbara Wech
Engineering BME 499 Capstone Design 2 31571 Alan Eberhardt
Engineering BME 499L Capston Design 2 Lab 31740 Alan Eberhardt
Communications CMST 481 Communication and Aging 37065 Cecil Betros
English EH 102 English Composition II 36528 Nichole Lariscy
English EH 102 English Composition II 35854 Cassandra Ellis
English EH 203 Writing in Birmingham 36328 Jaclyn Wells
English EH 214 Intro to Literature: Special Topics 36330 Cassandra Ellis
Environmental Science ENV 108 Human Populations, Earth & Environment 30481 Julie Price
Foreign Languages FLL 120 Foreign Cultures 36739 Erika Rinker
Foreign Languages FLL 333 Foreign Language Internship 35329
Health Services Administration AHS 481 Management Internship 33570 Mickey Trimm
Health Services Administration AHS 481 Management Internship 33571 Mickey Trimm
History DCS 401 Ethnographic Filmmaking 32502 Michele Forman
History DCS 601 Ethnographic Filmmaking 32503 Michele Forman
History HY 682 Internship in Public History 30132 Andrew Keitt
Honors HON 316 Seminar: Filmmaking 32787 Michele Forman
Honors HON 316 Ethnographic Filmmaking 35096 Michele Forman
Human Studies HE 490 Special Projects in Health Education 33380 Laura Forbes
Human Studies HE 490 Special Projects in Health Education 33381 Retta Evans
Human Studies HE 490 Special Projects in Health Education 33382 Cynthia Petri
Human Studies HE 490 Special Projects in Health Education 35923 Larrell Wilkinson
Human Studies HE 490 Special Projects in Health Education 33379 Wajih Ahmad
Human Studies HE 490 Peer Education 33967 Kelly Ross-Davis
Nursing NUR 368 Sem I:Intr Nur Schlr/Inform/SL 33083 Angela Jukkala, Lynda Wilson
Nursing NUR 395 Community and Public Health Nursing 32303 Laura Debiasi, Katie Buys
Nursing NUR 396L Community and Public Health Practicum 9 sections Debiasi, Buys, Hamilton, Riggs, Turner-Henson, Cash, Phillips
Nursing NUR 484 Seminar II: Service Learning Project Development 32333 Angela Jukkala, Lynda Wilson
Psychology PY 397 Community-Based Practicum in Psychology 32782 Eric Gampher
Psychology PY 490 Psychology Capstone 34607 Eric Gampher
Psychology PY 490 Psychology Capstone 35553 Teruko Bredemann
Psychology PY 490 Psychology Capstone 32825 Walter Makous
Psychology PY 490 Psychology Capstone 32827 Walter Makous
Public Health GHS 220 Global Health Service Learning 36868 Tony Lee
Science and Technology Honors STH 100 Honors Participation 35227 Diane Tucker
Science and Technology Honors STH 396 Internship / Community Projects 31651 Diane Tucker
Social Work SW 222 Values Lab 31494 Scott Batey
Social Work SW 490 Practicum in Social Work 31525 Chris Walker

Following courses have been designated as UAB service learning courses in the past. Some courses are still offered, and some are not.

Please check the latest course schedule for current availability.

Biology Field and Lab Science Education and Mentoring/SL BY 399
Business Management: Service Learning/SL MG 490
Capstone in Psychology/SL PY 490
Civic Engagement/SL SBS 303
Community and Service: Using Media for Social Change/SL DCS 350
Community-Based Practicum in Psychology/SL PY 397
Dollars and Sense: An Introduction to Business, Economics, and Personal Finance/SL LCB 101
EXPLORING BIRMINGHAM LCS 101-607 Freshman Seminar
Food Security National and Global Issues/SL SOC 490
Foreign Language Internship/Service Learning/SL FLL 333
Geriatric Services & Social Work/SL SW 205
Health Sciences Management Internship/SL AHS 481
Homelessness: Its Causes and Consequences/SL SOC 472
Impacting Community through Service Learning/SL LCSL 101-618
Intermediate Writing and Poetry EH302
Leadership and Community/SL GCLH 301
New Urbanism and Smarth Growth/SL ANTH 371/DCS 266/UA 366
Nursing Honors Sequence/SL NUR 368 NUR 484 NUR 486
Pathfinders: The Path from Sophomore to Professional/SL UNIV 204-56
Perceptions of Poverty in America CAS 399 Special Topics/SL
Peer Education/SL HE 490
Physical Activity Programming for Individuals with Disabilities/SL PE 450
Practicum in Social Work/SL SW 490
Public Health Nursing Theory Practicum/SL NUR 395 and 396
Respiratory Therapy Directed Study in Respiratory Care III/SL RST 432
SCT Tech Honors: Internships/Community Projects/SL STH 396
Service-Learning/Sociological Practice/SL SOC 488
Social Work Values Lab/SL SW 222
Sports Management/SL MG 430
Student Success in Nursing NUR 100
Untold Stories: Finding and Telling Stories You Haven't Been Told In History Class/SL HY291 DCS 291
Using and Preserving Historic Places as Primary Sources: Studying the Multi-Cultural Heritage of the Southeastern Coast/SL HY 292/392/682

Faculty wishing to create a Service-Learning course or have their course designated as Service-Learning should consult the Service-Learning Course Designation page.


The Campus Compact website has many different examples of syllabi that incorporate service learning in different disciplines. 


UAB faculty are continually evolving their courses to include service learning pedagogy.  Eligibility to participate in a service learning course depends on the particular course requirements as established by the Department and faculty member concerned.  Below are some examples of such courses.


Field and Lab Science Education and Mentoring is a course designed to maximize students' understanding of Biology and Natural Science and Mathematics principles and practices through teaching and service learning.  Recognizing the need to address the deficiency in science education in urban schools and promoting early childhood education and the University's mission of social justice, students will mentor a K-5 grade or class on a weekly basis in the study of science subjects.
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This course gives students the opportunity to integrate their personal areas of interest in psychology with an individual research project.  Each student is responsible for the production, presentation, and defense of a resarch paper which addresses a specific topic. Students will be exposed to field experiences to apply information that they have learned to the real-world setting.
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 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT  SBS 303-7N Honors Seminar

SBS 303 promotes experiential learning for SBS honors students and aims to use service learning to advance the mission of social justice.  This goal is accomplished through engagement with community partners to create mutually beneficial relationships and reflection (using readings, journal entries and discussion) to connect class activities with the larger issues that impact our communities.  A Community Project Assignment, including a paper and oral presentation, allows students to examine the integration of their educational experiences with their work in the community.
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Students in PY397 apply their knowledge of psychology to perform service in the community. Supervisors and settings vary widely, but most sites provide mental health or related psychological services.  Recently, community practice sites have included the Crisis Center, Family Court, Department of Human Resources, and Children's Hospital.  To earn academic credit, the student must be engaged in meaningful work of a psychological nature, and supervised by a psychologist, licensed counselor or other qualified professional.
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In this course, students engage in a service learning project with a community partner that directly relates to the course material.  For six weeks, students work with elementary school students to deliver Junior Achievement curriculum based economics and personal finance.  Requiring students to deliver lessons at a grade school level reinforces their understanding of key basic concepts.
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The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Urban Affairs and University Honors Program team up to offer this interdisciplinary course which pairs students to produce a short documentary film which represents a community in the Birmingham area. The course addresses four areas: 1) community outreach, 2) intro to social science theory and methods, 3) film theory and the aesthetics of filmmaking, and 4) technical aspects of camera work and digital video editing.  Students are encouraged to explore the meaning of community at the group/collective and individual levels and to create films examining issues affecting the Birmingham community, including housing, education, healthcare, immigration, poverty, and the environment.


Foreign Language majors have the opportunity to work on a community internship.  The Foreign Language Internship is a faculty-supervised opportunity for practical experience in tasks of international scope that may provide opportunities to use language(s) studied or applications of cultural knowledge.  The field experience credit hours normally count towards general electives credit and cannot replace language courses.  This practical experience provides opportunities to turn theory into practice; learn intangibles of the workplace; gain insights into the strengths and weaknesses of formal education; and make contacts to help further career development.
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This course is designed to promot the integration of formal knowledge obtained in the classroom and in readings with experiential learning in various not-for-profit settings providing services to the homeless.  The students are required to offer at least 15 hours of approved service at a designated not-for-profit providing services to the homeless.  The student is assigned various journal reflection topics in which they integrate their personal experiences in volunteer service with their formal classroom learning.
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**EXPLORING BIRMINGHAM LCS 101-607 Freshman Seminar

A Freshman Learning Community Seminar addressing how the design of physical spaces affects the way we interact with each other and build community. Students explore the design of public spaces, neighborhoods and transportation systems and analyze how these aspects relate to community culture and lifestyle. This class incorporates a variety of learning experiences that include classroom discussions, group activities, lectures, and service learning in which students learn through direct experience and field assignments.


This Freshman Learning Seminar is unique in that students engage in ongoing service within the community as an integral part of the course. Students partner with community agencies and have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.  The Freshman Seminar addresses such topics as basic counseling skills and theory, study of and exposure to underserved and under-represented populations, skills for crisis intervention and working with special populations, and sociological connections between race, class, and other social identities of gender, age, and ability.  Students are introduced to skills and issues relevant to the helping professions such as psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, education, medicine nursing, and health professions.  
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As the second Signature Course for Global and Community Leadership Honors, this provides students with field experiences in partnership with selected community or local government agencies. Through readings, class discussions and written reflections, students will explore the meaning of service and leadership as they work throughout the semester with their community partners. As much as practicable, each students works with an organizations matched with student’s Issue of Interest, with the goal of allowing a student to apply knowledge gained in both their academic studies and leadership courses.  The goal of the course is to bring students to a deeper understanding of their role as leaders in service to those communities where they find themselves living and working, as well as those they wish to affect in positive ways.  This is a designated service-learning course integrating academic learning, civic learning and meaningful service to the community.


The purpose of the course is to help students begin the process of evolving from a student into a professional.  Coursework will feature learning that is needed beyond GPA and MCAT/DAT/OAT scores before applying to professional schools.  Attention will be focused on self-assessment, personal and professional development related to health care, specific relevant areas of social psychology and the writing of a personal action plan.  The course will incorporate service learning, a method of learning that integrates academic work with community service.  Students learn to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to "real life" by getting hands-on experience in the community.  As part of the course, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital will facilitate students volunteering for four hours per week in different hospital service areas so that students gain first hand experience relating to a range of health care issues. The course will purposefully link this volunteer experience with concepts and skills learned in the classroom.  



By the end of this course the student will be able to facilitate workshops on Sexual Decision Making and HIV Awareness.  Each student will volunteer at community health fairs, student organization gatherings, churches, etc. to provide information and resources to the community.  As a result of this course, a SHAPE Educator will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to educate a diverse community and to provide the appropriate interventions to respond to a community at risk.

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The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge and skills needed to meet the unique fitness and physical activity needs of individuals with various disabilities. Through class discussions, course assignments, and a service learning experience, students will learn to design and implement personal training/fitness programs and disability sports/recreation programs for individuals with disabilities based on assessments of health-related strengths and needs.


The Practicum provides students with opportunities to learn how to apply their knowledge of social work theories and methods within the context of "hands-on" situations in social work practice environments.  The practicum is the culmination of the social work education program.  Under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners, students participate in the actual execution of various social work tasks.
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NUR 395 provides didactic content in community and public health nursing, a community-service focused specialty area within professional nursing.  The primary intent is to help the professional nursing student understand the public health needs of individuals within communities, the context of nursing practice within communities, and the impact of nursing on the community, at the local, state, national and global levels.  Emphasis is on professional role development to promote nursing care focused on illness and injury prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health education, and coordination of care for diverse aggregate groups in various community settings.
395 Syllabus
396 Syllabus


Students will develop a service learning plan in collaboration with a faculty (and community) sponsor that will include

  • learning objectives related to science education, application of science or engineering, or another focus consistent with STH listing of the course
  • plan for documentation of the experience and of integration of the experience with the student's academic work
  • reading list to provide academic background appropriate for the project
  • documentation of the community needs or issues which are addressed through the experience.

To qualify for STH 396 credit, the project will have a service or experiential component.  STH 396 can be taken by students engaging in an internship where the balance between benefit to the organization and benefit to the student (in terms of experience) may differ from student to student.


Service-learning within sociology is a supervised community service project related to sociology and social policy through which a student expands his/her knowledge of society, practices critical thinking and the values and skills needed for effective citizenship, and has the opportunity to address some social problem or problems. The student will: (1) engage in a service activity with a selected community partner, (2) reflect on service activities through journal entries and meetings with the professor, and (3) integrate engagement, reflection and social science concepts in a final paper.  The course aims to involve the student in service learning projects conducive to the development of the sociological imagination and the examination of  the connection between sociology and citizenship

Social Work Values Lab SW 222

This course strongly engages students in the service learning process by focusing on learning about and applying social work values and principles, particularly social justice concepts.  Enhanced academic learning and purposeful civic learning occur as students learn to integrate social work values and principles (addressed in the classroom) into developing an understanding of community social service needs and services which address those needs.  This integration occurs through completion of 24 hours of field observation in a social service setting agency setting and connection of those observations to course content.  During these 24 hours students should work on a specific volunteer project which will be of benefit to the agency and its clientele.
Volunteer projects will be defined by the student and the agency host and may include such activities as organizing a canned food drive, planning and conducting an outdoor event for clients, participating in meetings with client/consumer advocacy groups, collecting clothing and furniture for clients, etc.
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This service-learning course engages students in critical analysis of perceptions and policies toward those living in poverty in the United States while providing essential tax preparation and financial literacy services to members of our local community.  Academic coursework focuses on perceptions and misperceptions of those in poverty, race and poverty, socioeconomic issues faced by low-income families, federal and state policies toward working families, and predatory lending practices that erode wealth.  In addition to classroom discussions, students  participate in the SaveFirst Initiative, which trains college and graduate students to offer free tax preparation services and financial literacy information to working families across the state of Alabama.  Students are trained to complete tax returns and then use this expertise to serve low-income individuals at sites in the greater Birmingham area. 


A Freshman Learning Community course has integrated a service learning component in which pre-nursing students participate in 5 hours of service to the community in agencies that serve health care populations.  The service learning unit of the course provides student experiences within agencies that serve several populations including:  decreased access to health care (free clinics and health screenings), homelessness, pre-school and school-age children, hospice care, horticultural therapy, and elderly day care.  Although learning is the emphasis in this model, reciprocity and engagement are developed between School of Nursing faculty, students, Birmingham community partners and health care recipients.


Students will learn about the concepts of human memory, nostalgia, folklore, storytelling and public history in the classroom and by engaging in the practice of oral history collection.  This class combines traditional history principles of research and documentation with new media technologies. Course pedagogies provide a variety of learning experiences that include classroom discussions, group activities, lectures, and experiential learning in which students learn through direct experience and field assignments.