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Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Courses

At its most basic, CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. This high impact teaching method provides students with experiences that develop life skills, with opportunities to engage in critical reflection, and with the intellectual space to understand and contribute to the public purpose of their chosen major or discipline. It is a strategy, a process, an experience that involves both action and reflection.

  • Meets instructional learning objectives through course content, faculty-structured service, engagement, and critical reflection and is meant to prepare students to be civically responsible members of the community
  • Generates and applies academic knowledge in a community-based setting; student service and engagement address the needs of the community as identified through mutually beneficial collaboration with community-partners
  • Helps our University anchor itself in the public square by providing meaningful connections between our teaching, research, and service, and the issues our community is grappling with everyday

  1. Course design incorporates community engagement to facilitate and/or enhance student learning
  2. The course identifies learning outcomes that address both academic understanding and community needs identified in partnership with the community
  3. Reflection is utilized throughout the course to enhance learning, understanding, and broader connections to society

  • Develop and apply the abilities needed to influence positive community change including research skills, project management, leadership, critical thinking, communication skills and/or intercultural competence
  • Increase their awareness of and reflect on the interconnectedness between individuals, society, and public policy
  • Develop habits related to ongoing community engagement
  • Articulate an increased sense of responsibility and commitment to the public purpose of their chosen discipline
  • Enhance awareness of their sense of place in and ownership of community issues, especially issues of diversity, justice, environmental sustainability, and/or equality.
  • Further develop professional life skills: showing up, being reliable and punctual, keeping colleagues “in the loop”, maintaining project deadlines, etc.


Community-based experiential learning, open to all majors!


Over 200 CEL designated courses at the U

Community Engaged Learning (CEL)


Did you know we offer BENN courses?

Start with these!

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Pathways to Engagement

BENN 2020

This is a great way to get started and satisfies a requirement to become a Bennion Scholar or earn our Community Engagement Certificate.

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Intro to civic leadership

Intro to Civic Leadership

BENN 2030

This is a great way to get started and satisfies a requirement to become a Bennion Scholar.

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Inclusive Dialogue

BENN 4950

This course is one to consider if you're looking for additional CEL credits to complete your Certificate or just want to take an interesting course.

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community immersion

Community Immersion

BENN 2929

This course has the option to be 1-3 credits depending on the students' preferences and the type of experience they are on (AB Lite & Weekend is up to 2 and Weeklong is up to 3). Only the students who choose to take it for 3 credits and are on weeklong breaks can fulfill the DV credit. This is the same for both fall and spring!

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CEL Certificate & Bennion Scholars

Learn how CEL designated courses (including our BENN courses) can be applied to these academic opportunities below!

Community Engagement Certificate

21 credits (minimum of 15 CEL) and a capstone project over 2 semesters

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Bennion Scholars Transcript Designation

9 credits (CEL/BENN), a 100 hour capstone project, and 200 hours of community service

CLICK HERE to visit the Bennion Scholars page

Additional Resources

CEL Course Academic Advising

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CEL Faculty Landing Page

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All CEL Designated Courses

Spring 2022 Class Schedule


All CEL Designated Courses

Spring 2022 Class Schedule


Last Updated: 11/15/21