Community Service

Service Learning Courses

The Community Service Office is proud to work with faculty members across the disciplines to facilitate academic service- learning. Below is a list of some of the service-learning course offerings at Juniata.

CM 220 Group Communication

A performance course designed to improve communication with others in a small group problem-solving situation. The outcome is three group presentations. Emphasis is placed on developing alternative communication strategies for group decision making, for leadership, and for managing interpersonal conflict.

CM 400B Storytelling

This course gives students the opportunity to examine the oral traditions of the language through the art of reading, writing, listening to, watching and telling stories. Stories are at the heart of the human experience. They form the foundation for many academic disciplines. Stories help us to understand our own beliefs, vlaues traditions and civilities. This course aims to stenghten our appreciation and understanding of storytelling, old and new.

EB 336 Federal Taxation: Individuals

Students examine the federal income tax structure and its relationship to individuals and sole proprietorships. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of the individual income tax return.

ESS 400 Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone course is intended to provide a real-world, project-based experience working on an advanced-level project. The student teams utilize skills they have acquired in their academic career to evaluate and provide potential solutions to realistic environmental tasks. The project will be chosen each semester based on needs and opportunities in local agencies to provide an advanced project that can be done in one semester.

ND 201 Community Engagement

Students enrolled in this one-credit class integrate service in the community with individual reflection and classroom discussion. Work completed in the community helps students gain an understanding of the agencies that operate in Huntingdon and the myriad community needs they strive to meet. In the classroom, students are challenged to consider their volunteer experiences with respect to local political and economic issues, globalization, advocacy, and vocation. Through their volunteer efforts, students gain exposure to different cultural and economic issues, explore what it means to be an active citizen, develop a sense of civic and social responsibility, and learn how they might incorporate service into personal and professional objectives.

ND 203A Urban Immersion

The Urban Immersion is an annual service learning trip designed to increase awareness and understanding about issues of poverty in the United States. Sponsored by the Community Service and Campus Ministry Offices at Juniata College, this program combines direct service activities with lectures, readings and discussion about relevant social justice issues. Participants share what they learn with the campus community upon return.

ND 203B Spring Break Alternative

Each spring, the Community Service Office partners with Campus Ministry to offer an alternative spring break option. This opportunity allows students to participate in a week of meaningful service activities complemented by personal reflection and group discussion. Past trips have addressed issues of poverty in the Appalachian region; abuse of the environment in rural North Carolina; hunger and homelessness in the desert region of the Southwest; and disaster relief in Florida and the Gulf Coast.

ND 203C Cultural Learning Tour

Cultural Learning Tours afford students an opportunity to visit different locations (both domestic and international) and develop a deeper understanding of diverse cultures around the world. In May 2008, a group of students and staff traveled to Ecuador to learn about agro-ecology, weaving, and an indigenous political movement. The experience included seminars given by representatives of various advocacy groups, visits to significant environmental sites, and a home stay with local families. The Community Service Office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are collaborating to develop experiential learning opportunities such as this one on an annual basis.

ND.SS 215 Social Science Research Methods

This course provides an analysis of the procedures, strengths and limitations of collecting and interpreting data from the perspectives of the social sciences with an emphasis on surveys, experimental designs and observational techniques as used in a variety of human service agencies.

PY 404 Education & School Psychology

This course serves as an introduction to the fields of educational and school psychology. A primary focus of the course is the prevention and remediation of emotional, behavioral, and academic difficulties in a school setting. Factors impacting student development and learning are aslo explored.

WL 201 Language in Motion

The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After attending workshops on topic identification and development and on presentation techniques, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.

WL 202 Language in Motion

The course provides service-learning opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers and attending a Special Topics workshop, students will conference with the instructor and host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.

WL 203 Language in Motion

The course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and two host teachers to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.

WL 204 Language in Motion

The pass-fail course provides opportunities for international students, study-abroad returnees, heritage speakers, and upper-level language students to expand their knowledge of language and culture and to enrich local public school classrooms. After meeting with teachers, students will conference with the instructor and the selected host teacher to develop individual projects for presentation in school classrooms.