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The video above profiles the course Seminar on Tropical Biology, one of the many Community-Based Learning courses

The CCE fosters reflection, collaboration and connections across campus and community by developing and implementing inclusive educational practices that allow students to learn by doing. 

Learning by doing intentionally links direct experience with analysis and critical reflection. It is designed to support learning, inquiry, and action inside and outside of the curriculum. Learning by doing takes many forms across academic disciplines and individual courses. At Amherst College, a broad variety of educational activities can comprise learning by doing, including but not limited to:  community-based learning, courses that embed community-engaged learning, collaborative projects, undergraduate research, laboratory and field experiences, capstone projects, study abroad, internships, and creative endeavors.

The CCE welcomes all faculty and students to participate in opportunities to explore societal complexities, take action, and integrate educational experiences across boundaries.

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning courses add complexity and urgency to students’ critical grasp of social, political, and cultural issues by connecting the intellectual rigors of academic study with the needs and expertise of the community.

Resources for Faculty

The CCE staff can provide resources for faculty to help facilitate meaningful connections with the community for faculty and students through coursework and research projects.

Community Engagement Orientation Trip

The Community Engagement Orientation Trip is a fun, challenging, and intensive introduction to the communities in and around Amherst. For three days during orientation, students are immersed in local communities as they are introduced to the people and organizations of the Pioneer Valley.