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Some service-learning partners may require background checks and/or finger printing. Faculty members will inform students of this requirement at the beginning of the semester.
ARTE 429: Elementary and Middle School Methods for Art EducationOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: ARTE 330 and admission to the professional programFaculty: Mary Lou Hightower
Instructional Strategies to construct appropriate curriculum for K-8 schools. Topics are artistic growth of children, responding to art works, studio production and classroom management. A portion of the course includes a 30 hour practicum component. Students in this course will partner with the Spartanburg
Art Museum, District 7 schools, White Elephant Productions and the Bethlehem
Center to develop content for the Video Village in the Highland
neighborhood. The exhibit aligns with
Youth Art Month, and is inspired by the children’s book The Place I Live: Hub
City Kids Write About Home (edited by John Lane and Betsy Wakefield Teter).
ARTE 430: Secondary Methods for Art EducationOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: ARTE 429 and admission to the professional programFaculty: Mary Lou Hightower
Curriculum designs for secondary visual arts classroom. The development of instructional skills for various student populations included in the course of study as well as research and current initiatives. The course includes a 30 hour practicum component in the schools. Students in this course will partner with the Spartanburg Art Museum, District 7 schools, White Elephant Productions and the Bethlehem Center to develop content for the Video Village in the Highland neighborhood. The exhibit aligns with Youth Art Month, and is inspired by the children’s book The Place I Live: Hub City Kids Write About Home (edited by John Lane and Betsy Wakefield Teter).
ARTS 490: Senior Seminar Graphic DesignOpen to all majorsPrerequisite: ARTS 315 and 9 credit hours from the ARTS unprofessional options courses or consent of instructorFaculty: Bridget Kirkland
Portfolio finalization, preparation of student identity systems, oral presentations and exploration of current ethical and occupational issues. Students in this course will partner with local small businesses and non-profits to produce materials that meet the design needs of the client.
BIOL 330: MicrobiologyOpen to all majors
Prerequisite: BIOL 301 and 302
Faculty: Ginny Webb
This course provides an introduction to bacteria, viruses and
eukaryotic microbes. Emphasis is placed on molecular processes of
microbes, genetics, metabolism, infection and immunity. Students will participate
in service learning in this course by engaging with community partners and
schools to teach others about microbes, infections and infection prevention
measures (e.g. hand washing and vaccines).
BIOL 534: Animal
BehaviorOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: BIOL 301, BIOL 302 with a C or better and
PSYC 101Faculty: George Labanick
Identification and classification of behavior patterns
exhibited by various species of animals; the development of behavior; proximate
and ultimate cause of behavior. Three hours of class and three hours of
laboratory per week. Students in this course will partner with the Spartanburg
Humane Society to provide care for the animals and prepare them for successful
CAST 499: Child Advocacy (CAST) Internship (3 credits)Open to all CAST minors
Prerequisites: CAST 301, CAST, 401, CAST 402 and consent of instructor
Faculty: Jennifer Parker
This course provides supervised hands on learning and
application of the prerequisite CAST courses in a community organization or
agency that works with victims of child maltreatment and their families. Interns
keep a journal and meet as a class and individually with the instructor to
discuss the experience. At the conclusion of the semester, student interns
present a power point presentation to the class. The Children’s Advocacy
Center, Hope Center for Children, Solicitor’s Office, Guardian ad Litem and
Children’s Hospital of Greenville are a partial list of internship placements.
ENGL 102: Composition IIOpen to all majors
Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Registration information: Sections 13 and 16
Faculty: Tasha Thomas
English 102 provides continued instruction in composition,
building on skills introduced in English 101. Attention is given to writing for
specific audiences, reading and analyzing challenging texts, and synthesizing
academic sources in writing. In addition to traditional academic research, this
course provides supervised hands on learning through community engagement. The
service learning component of this course includes 15 hours of background
research and volunteerism with a local non-profit organization. At the end of
the course, students will present research and reflections from the internship
in an academic paper and via a multi-media presentation. Community partners
will include the Boys and Girls Club, St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic, and
Spartanburg Public Libraries.
ENGL 102: Composition IIOpen to all majors Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Registration information: Sections 37 and 39Faculty: Melinda Beth Keefauver
English 102 provides continued instruction in composition, building on skills introduced in English 101. Attention is given to writing for specific audiences, reading and analyzing challenging texts, and synthesizing academic sources in writing. In addition to traditional academic research, this course provides supervised hands on learning through community engagement. Students registered for these sections will develop
original content for a large-scale social media campaign centered on water
quality in partnership with Upstate Forever.
ENGL 371: Grant
WritingOpen to all majorsFaculty: George Williams
Writing effective expository text for grants and proposals.
The skill of writing for particular purpose and audience; conforming to stated guidelines;
and using clear, concise language are emphasized. Students will develop
real-life grant proposals for individually selected community partners in the
Upstate region. This course is an opportunity to build the capacity of
local institutions while learning valuable and transferable skills.
ENGL 387: Global Existential Literature Open to all majors
Registration information: Cross-Listed with FREN 398 01 & AFAM 398 04
Faculty: Araceli Hernández-Laroche
will explore the powerful appeal of existentialist literature and thought for
authors (and filmmakers) of different traditions, nations, religious
backgrounds and mother tongues. Existentialism offered writers and artists from
around the globe a language to evoke the absurdity of injustice, of a
prison-like existence and all while rebelling against the indifference of their
time. The question of perception and of being perceived through the paralyzing
gaze of society is central. Jean-Paul Sartre’s call for a literature of
political and social engagement resonated throughout the world during his time
and beyond. GED tutoring of female or
male inmates at the local detention center for award-winning “Operation
Educate” program. Read more about
ENGL 398: Service Learning through English as a Second
LanguageOpen to all majorsRegistration
information: May be taken in conjunction with SPAN 250/350Faculty: Dave Marlow
Participate in a transformational service-learning course
involving teaching/tutoring ESOL to children or adults. Serve in the
Upstate and (OPTIONALLY) in Palacagüina, Nicaragua over Spring Break.
Those traveling to Nicaragua will work with school kids and on other projects
as well. Course material will include both ESOL instruction and personal
reflection. Email instructor for details on the Nicaragua trip.
JOUR 428: Public Relations CampaignsOpen to all majors Prerequisite: JOUR 328 Faculty: David Wallace
This course will provide students with the opportunity to conduct secondary and primary research in the development of a public relations campaign for a local community partner. Students will develop a comprehensive public relations campaign proposal or plan and present that plan to the client.
PSYC 398: Special Topics in Service-Learning
Open to all majors
Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 3.0 or consent of instructor
Faculty: Elizabeth Freeman
This course provides students an opportunity to employ
psychological knowledge and principles of effective work performance behaviors
through hands-on experiential service learning opportunities with various
upstate community partners and businesses. The service learning experience may
vary per work environment; however, all students are expected to evaluate their
skill development and the competencies relevant to their experience, and
present this to their peers. Through this collaboration with local community
partner organizations, students will get to tie in their academic preparations
with on-the-job work experiences while also demonstrating the value that USC
Upstate’s students offer to businesses and the community as a whole.
PSCY 412 Theories of
Counseling and PsychotherapyOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 225Faculty: James Bunde
The different approaches to counseling and psychotherapy
with emphasis on both theory and technique. This course will partner with
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to develop a state-wide resource guide for
South Carolina families who are tragically affected by drunk drivers.
Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about (and potentially
partner with) MADD’s Victim Services program.
SPAN 250 and 350:
Selected Spanish Studies AbroadOpen to all majorsPrerequisites for SPAN 250: SPAN 102 or consent of
instructorPrerequisites for SPAN 350: SPAN 202 or 250 or consent of
instructorRegistration information: May be taken
in conjunction with ENGL 398Faculty: Douglas Jackson
Development of advanced level communication skills together
with immersion in the culture of a foreign country. Participate in a
transformational service-learning course involving teaching/tutoring
ESOL to children or adults. Serve in Palacagüina, Nicaragua over
Spring Break. Those traveling to Nicaragua will work with school kids and
on other projects as well. Email faculty for details on the Nicaragua trip.
SPCH 330: InterviewingOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: SPCH 201, 201R, or consent of instructorFaculty: Carolyn Webber
Theoretical principles, techniques, ethical issues, and practical skills necessary for successful performance in professional and academic interviewing contexts. Interviewing contexts include employment searches and selection, information gathering, performance appraisals, counseling, health care and research. Students in this course will complete volunteer
hours for individually-selected community organizations, and conduct a Life
History interview of a person they meet during their service experience.
THEA 382: Theatre for
Open to all majors
Prerequisits: ENGL 102, THEA 170, or consent of
Registration information: Students who enroll
in this course cannot take a Tuesday/Thursday course at 1:40.
Faculty: Rich Robinson
Creative drama methods for youth. Students learn
to act in a published children’s play chosen annually by the instructor.
The play is performed at several local elementary schools during the second
half of the semester, and is seen by over 3500 children, teachers and
administrators. This year’s play is the South Carolina premier of Have You
Filled a Bucket Today? It is based on the popular children’s book about
respecting others with an anti-bullying message.
WGST 345: Girls StudiesOpen to all majors
Prerequisites: WGST 101 preferred (not required)
Registration information: Instructor requests that students try not to
enroll in classes directly before or after the course to allow to time to
travel for community outreach.
Faculty: Lisa Johnson
Students are introduced to this academic subfield of Women's and
Gender Studies, with readings on basic concepts in the field and more advanced
analyses of girls as represented in the media and as impacted by girl
empowerment programs. Students receive in-class training from employees of the
nonprofit organization, Girl Scouts--Mountains to the Midlands, and are then
assigned to outreach troops embedded in under-served elementary schools and
other sites (e.g., Boys and Girls Club, DJJ). They meet with the troops once a
week for ten weeks, delivering an anti-bullying curriculum developed by the
national Girl Scouts organization, supervising arts/crafts activities and
forming supportive relationships with girls age 5-16. Students keep reflective
journals and write an analytical essay on the experience at the end of the
semester, framing their hands-on experience with a scholarly context.
BADM 398: Topics in Metropolitan Business StudiesOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: 54 credit hours earned and MGMT 371Faculty: Brian Brady
Intensive study in contemporary areas of business such as corporate responsibility, cultural diversity and ethics. Topics are selected to meet current industry, faculty and student interests. Experiential learning is emphasized. Students in this course will collaborate with
aspiring entrepreneurs and mentors participating in the Start ME: Spartanburg
program, an exciting new small business accelerator program developed in
partnership with the Northside Initiative.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program Open to all majorsFaculty: Michael Wooten
Students in this course will become IRS certified tax
preparers following successful completion of the United Way of the Piedmont
VITA training program. Once certified,
students will prepare federal and state income tax returns for Spartanburg
residents meeting income qualifications.
Honors 201: Self and
SocietyOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: Acceptance
to the Honors Program or consent of the Honors Program DirectorFaculty: George Williams
An interdisciplinary seminar centered on community,
leadership, and societal problems solving through projects and community-based
problem solving. Scholarly reflection on service projects and significant interactions
with community leaders. The theme for the course this semester is Disability
Studies. Students will partner with local nonprofit organizations serving
populations confronting a range of physical, developmental, psychological, and
mental disabilities. The volunteer experiences will serve an important
community need while providing concrete examples while learning about the
growing Disability Studies discipline.
EDFO 210: Foundations
of EducationOpen to all majorsRegistration information: Sections 01, 02, and 03Faculty: Rick Hartsell
The art and science of teaching. A comprehensive examination
of the social, historical, and philosophical influences that have shaped
educational policies and practices in the USA with special emphasis on legal
and ethical aspects of education. Students in this course will have the
opportunity to participate in Operation Educate. Through an exciting
partnership with Spartanburg Adult Education and the Spartanburg County
Detention Center, students will serve as academic tutors for inmates preparing
to complete the high school equivalency exam. Read more about this program.
Open to School of Education Graduate Students
Prerequisite: EDVI 705: Literary Braille Code
Faculty: Tina Herzberg This course is designed to prepare individuals to
transcribe a variety of instructional materials for K-12 students who read
braille. Students will learn the Nemeth braille code used for mathematics and
science materials as well as how to transcribe materials for students taking
foreign language classes using a Perkins brailler and a computerized braille
emulator. This course also includes instruction in creating tactile graphics,
adapting materials for young and/or beginning braille readers, formatting braille
materials, developing tactile skills, using a slate and stylus, and teaching
the Nemeth Braille Code to students who are visually impaired. Through a
partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina
School for the Deaf and the Blind, graduate students will design and implement
braille materials for beginning readers and older students transitioning from
print to braille at the South Carolina Regional Braille Challenge in February.
During the second half of the course, students will also create and implement
lessons plans related to the Nemeth code and/or interpreting tactile graphics
with K-12 students in a school district or the South Carolina School for the
Deaf and the Blind.
EXSC 459: Sports NutritionOpen to all majorsPrerequisites: EXSC 301 and junior in standingFaculty: Kelvin Wu
Impact of optional nutrition on exercise performance. Important topics include digestion, thermoregulation, metabolism, and fuel usage, sports supplements and weight control. Students in this course will partner with Spartanburg County School District 6 and the Dorman High School Athletic Department to develop individualized nutrition plans for local high school athletes. The nutrition plans provide healthy and inexpensive eating recommendations that help athletes optimize their training, based upon their own personal goals. This partnership further supports the school district’s new grant initiative creating awareness of eating disorders and healthy eating behaviors.
The Mary Black School of Nursing has a wide variety of service-learning activities incorporated throughout the upper division curriculum. Every clinical course has an element of service-learning woven throughout their activities. The community and public health course specifically provides opportunities in Ecuador and South Africa where students are actively engaged in health promotion and education to communities in great need. In the same course faculty and students coordinate a community wide Teen Health Expo in Greenville targeting middle school students and a variety of health and safety issues facing that population. Contact your advisor for more details about service-learning classes offered through the Mary Black School of Nursing.
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Dr. Abraham Goldberg
Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Political Science Campus Life Center 202864-503-5670
Associate Director of Metropolitan EngagementAdmin 326F864-503-7366
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Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement
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Spartanburg, SC 29303
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