CSS DIRECTOR’S LETTER
Community Service Studies (CSS) is an interdisciplinary minor that oers students a contextor critically reecting upon and engaging in community service. The CSS program startedin 1998 when a group o DePaul aculty and sta gathered to discuss how to provide students with a greater integration o the pedagogy o community-based service learning in theirgeneral course curricula. As a result, the CSS minor consists o three core courses addressing historical and contemporary perspectives on community service, nonprot management, anda community internship. Students then choose three additional courses rom across disciplinesthat address issues surrounding community service, social justice, community assets, andthe possibilities o social change. Students can also choose their three electives rom among recently created concentrations within the minor such as community service and the arts,sociology, psychology, political science, and women’s and gender studies. These concentrationsallow students to ocus their learning in areas most relevant or their practical and academicinterests. An exciting new interdisciplinary concentration in community-based research is alsounderway.The program is designed or students interested in developing a deeper understanding andpractice o community service either as a prelude to a career ater graduation or to enhancetheir personal sense o social justice as they enter the world o work. In this way, studentsare provided with the opportunity to integrate progressively deeper and more challenging orms o service and social engagement with more challenging intellectual reection. CSS hasgrown rom the initial 22 students to over 100 students rom a variety o majors across theuniversity, including a competitively selected group o community service scholars who receivea scholarship or their participation in the program. This growth is expected to continue asmore and more students become aware o its existence and how it can complement their majorprogram o study.
Aleandra G. Murphy
Associate Proessor,Commicatiosad Faclt Director,Commit ServiceStdies