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Applied Civic Learning

The objective of this course is to study the civic and social rural challenges by actively engaging in applied learning experiences. The course allows the student to learn through observation, immersion, discussion, and studying theory and civic engagement. By working in a divergent community beyond the walls of DePauw classrooms, students have the chance to develop their interpersonal skills and understanding of offices in a small, rural community.

The majority of time spent on this course will be at the host site. Students will work on projects that provide professional experiences with their specific organization. Through their applied learning experiences they will strengthen project management, data analysis, and team leadership development skills. Focus is placed on developing a more professional student who has the tools necessary to succeed in post-graduation opportunities. Weekly class discussions will focus on integrating the classroom content with the students' unique applied learning experiences for the purposes of deepening understanding of local challenges and even proposing solutions. Their collaboration with partners in Putnam County will foster connections with Greencastle residents.


Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Marion McInnes

EXPB: EXP:Application Essay Workshop

EXP:Application Essay Workshop

This workshop is open to students from all classes who would like to learn how to write personal statements, cover letters, proposals for travel and study abroad, and other essays typically required for nationally competitive scholarships and awards. Each week, students will write short essays in answer to an application prompt (E.g., "Describe an experience or activity that strengthened your commitment to a particular major or career path.") Students will workshop essay drafts in class, revise these drafts, practice interview skills, and work one-on-one with consultants in the W and S Centers. The final product for the class will be a portfolio of well-revised application essays, including a strong personal statement and an equally strong study, travel, or research proposal.

R. Martoglio

EXPC: EXP:Quantitative Reasoning in Current Events

EXP:Quantitative Reasoning in Current Events

This course will focus on the examination and analysis of several current events from quantitative and problem solving perspectives. Students will use a variety of mathematical skills including statistics, dimensional analysis, algebra, finance, probability and risk analysis to investigate and discuss topics ranging from environmental pollution to professional athletics.

Christopher Wells

EXPD: EXP:Student Activism:History, Techniques, and Practice

EXP:Student Activism:History, Techniques, and Practice

This course offers an introduction to student activism on American college campuses. The course will offer a survey of the history of significant student activism efforts in the 20th century, and a review of the current landscape. Students will also learn about how universities work, including governance, financing, recruitment, aid leveraging, and employment practices, and will be offered a framework for connecting this understanding of the higher education industry with activism techniques and practices. Readings will also encourage students to connect what they learn about student activism with community organizing and other forms of active and engaged citizenship outside of academia.