The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life provides many opportunities for students to engage with the community, reflect and integrate their experiences into their coursework, and develop their social entrepreneurial skills.

A wide array of courses are offered through the Center for the Study of Public Life each semester. These include courses taught by scholars and alumni who come to Wesleyan to provide new and valuable course offerings for students as well as courses focused on the role civic life taught by Wesleyan faculty. In addition, the innovative Collaborative Cluster Initiative allows a cohort of students to take three thematically related academic courses, work on a year-long collaborative research project, as well as attend additional lectures and social activities throughout the academic year.

In addition, students can select from a range of service-learning courses across Wesleyan’s three academic divisions, organized through the service-learning center. Students in service-learning courses engage in a variety of service activities including volunteer work, research for local organizations, teaching opportunities, policy-related work, community organizing activities, as well as other forms of service activities. This type of experiential education experience can provide a deeper processing of academic material in the courses.

The Civic Engagement Minor allows students to integrate academic work in civic engagement with volunteer experiences and a community practicum.

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