At VCU, service-learning refers to an intentional teaching strategy that engages students in organized service activities and guided reflection. The service activities benefit the community and, in combination with reflection and other classroom-based learning activities, enhance the academic curriculum of participating students.
Service-learning designation is reserved for those credit-bearing academic experiences that involve each enrolled student in a minimum of 20 hours of service per semester, as well as in planned reflection activities.
According to the Office's latest annual report (for 2015-2016), at VCU 3,653 students enrolled in 105 distinct courses and 200 sections of service-learning courses, taught by 106 instructors. These included more than 113 community partnerships.
Students and faculty in Robertson School service-learning courses work with area non-profits, run community campaigns and gather news for Richmond and Commonwealth media organizations.
These Robertson School courses have received service-learning designation. Read all the course descriptions here. Need more information? Contact the Robertson School faculty member listed after the course.
- MASC 251 Global Health and Social Media (elective; Dr. Marcus Messner)
- MASC 291 VCU Votes Campaign (elective; Dr. Marcus Messner, course website)
- MASC 334 Public Relations Graphics and Production I (PR sequence; Prof. Josh Smith)
- MASC 335 Public Relations Graphics and Production II (PR sequence; Prof. Josh Smith)
- MASC 425 Public Relations Research (PR sequence; Prof. Josh Smith)
- MASC 439 Agency (PR sequence; Prof. Josh Smith)
- MASC 450 Style (Advertising sequence; Prof. Jay Adams)
- MASC 467 Nonprofit Project Development, aka CreateAthon@VCU (Advertising sequence; Prof. Peyton Rowe, course website)
- MASC 475 Capital News Service (Journalism sequence; Prof. Jeff South, course website)
- MASC 496 Mobile and Social Media Journalism (Journalism sequence; Dr. Marcus Messner, course website)