Community-Based Learning

At Manhattan College, we understand community-based learning (also known as service learning) as a pedagogy integrating meaningful community engagement experiences within an academic course. Faculty, students and community partners join in a mutually-beneficial relationship that responds to expressed needs of the local community and provides an intellectually engaging experience for students. The community service or community-based research experience enriches the academic curriculum by providing an additional context to be examined by students. An important part of community-based learning is that students reflect on their service in a deep and meaningful way to more fully understand their role in the community and in society at large.

In supporting the Manhattan College mission, community-based learning prepares our students “for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings,” fostering civic responsibility, critical thinking and ethical awareness in our students.

Community-based learning courses at Manhattan College are taught by faculty in the Departments of Education, English, Government, Kinesiology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies.
  • Spring 2017 Community-Based Learning Courses

    Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching (RELS 205-01 & URBN 301-04)
    Taught by Lois Harr
    Partnering with various community partners in the Bronx
    2 - 3 W

    Adapted Exercise and Sport (KIN 424-61)
    Taught by Caitlin Sweetapple
    Partners with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
    6:30 - 9:15 W

    Criminal Justice Ethics (RELS 399-01 and URBN 301-03)
    Taught by Andrew Skotnicki, course is taught to both Manhattan College student and inmate students at Riker’s Island
    2 - 4:45 T

    Community Organizing for Social Change (GOV 318-01)
    Taught by Margaret Groarke
    Works with Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
    12:30 - 1:45 TF

    Kinesiology and Public Health (KIN304-01)
    Taught by Jeffrey Cherubini
    Working with TBD
    9:30 - 10:45 MR


    First Year Composition (ENGL110-11-LL)
    Taught by Emmett Ryan
    Working with TBD
    11-11:50 MWR


    First Year Composition (ENGL110-13-LL)
    Taught by Kerri Mulqueen
    Working with TBD 
    2-3:15 TF


    Intro to Psychology (PSYC203-02-LL)
    Taught by Martha Mendez-Baldwin
    Working with TBD
    9-9:50 TWF


    Nature & Experience of Religion (RELS110-11-LL, RELS110-15-LL)
    Taught by Robert Durante
    Working with TBD
    12-1:15 MR, 12:30-1:45 TF


    God, Beauty & Desire (RELS200-02-LL, RELS200-03-LL)
    Taught by Phillip Francis
    Working with TBD
    11-12:15 TF, 12:30 - 1:45 TF


    Intro to Sociology (SOC201-05-LL)
    Taught by Ellen Flood
    Working with TBD
    3-4:15 MR