Community-Based Learning

picture designed by artist based on Dr. Eatman community based learning presentation in Aug 2018

Johns Hopkins University encourages undergraduate students to foster and embrace a sense of civic engagement and social responsibility during their career at Hopkins. To accomplish this, the Center for Social Concern’s goal is to support Community-Based Learning, expand community engagement, and increase academic learning through real world enriching experiences. Whether you are a JHU faculty or student, read more below about how to get involved with CBL.

Have questions or want to get involved in CBL? Contact Shawntay Stocks, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship.

For Faculty

A number of faculty members at Hopkins offer classes which incorporates community engagement. Additionally, the Center for Social Concern supports faculty who may be new to CBL, are interested in teaching CBL, and advocate for community-based learning to be more widely used and accepted on the Johns Hopkins campus. Depending on your level of commitment, the CSC offers a variety of ways for interested faculty to be involved in CBL through participating in:

For Students

Community-based learning and intersession courses are offered every year at Hopkins. Registering in these courses will allow you to:

  1. learn about our Baltimore community while earning academic credit;
  2. enhance civic engagement skills, behaviors, and knowledge;
  3. provide you with valuable work and academic experiences;
  4. engage in the community and share your experiences with other engaged students and faculty.

Students can also receive special studies credit for CBL, if conducted with guidance from faculty and includes a reflective paper.

Class registration

Classes that have a POS tag of “CSC-CE” have community engaged components that provide an opportunity to work in the community or with community organizations.