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College of Arts & Sciences


Landscape Plants I–HORT 2120

Steven Rodie

Course Description: Identification of plants using botanical and common names for herbaceous annuals, perennials, grasses, ground covers, vines, trees and shrubs commonly found in Great Plains gardens, parks and landscapes is stressed through field visits

Service Learning Component: Development of Oak Park in Ralston into an outdoor classroom for school & community use, including identification of appropriate native plants, plant communities, and plant culture.


Autobiographical Reading & Writing–ENG 1200

Troy Romero

Course Description: Help students to write effectively by focusing on their own personal experience and by examining a variety of autobiographical writings. Students are exposed to multicultural perspectives throughout the course.

Service Learning component: Assist 3rd graders in creating written biographies of senior citizens who they have interviewed. This “Senior Words of Wisdom” project establishes students as mentors and results in cherished written biographies for the seniors.


Laboratory in Psychology: Learning–PSYC 4024

Rosemary Strasser

Course Description
:  Classical experiments and a service-learning research project designed to apply general learning principles. Systematic techniques used to assess behavior changes associated with the learning process, research design, and scientific report writing will be emphasized.

Service Learning component:  In collaboration with high school students, shape the behavior of  dogs at the Nebraska Humane Society using positive reinforcement in an effort to make the shelter animals more likely to be adopted.

College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media


Principles of Public Relations–JOUR 3230

David Ogden

Course Description
:  Understanding of techniques to garner and sustain public understanding, acceptance and support for an organization. This course will explain the merits of these techniques through theory and application, and will offer constant reminders of the relationship between theory and practice. Understanding theory can result in more efficient and effective use of techniques

Service Learning component
: Formulation of public relations plans to address communication needs of nonprofit organizations.


Music Education Core I: Elementary–MUS 3600

Melissa Berke Adrian

Course Description
:  Methods and materials for teaching elementary (K-6) general, instrumental and choral music; woodwind pedagogy; fretted instruments; seminar in music education

Service Learning Component
: Teaching music classes to early childhood students.

College of Education

Teacher Education

Human Relations: Bias-free Classrooms–EDUC 2030

Will Austin

Course Description
:  Increase multicultural knowledge and positively impact the diversity disposition of prospective teacher candidates. It is also designed to help them become more aware of ways to motivate and positively impact the youths they will encounter in their future classrooms. Prospective teacher candidates will examine existing attitudes toward various groups by race, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, and social class with the goal of becoming dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens who can meet their professional responsibilities.

Service Learning Component: Working in after-school setting with K-12 students to improve their academic abilities. The teacher candidates will gain experience with youth of diverse backgrounds.

Special Education & Communication Disorders

Language Disorders: Birth to 5–SPED 8590

Mitzi Ritzman

Course Description
: Provide candidates with knowledge about communicative disorders in young children within a multicultural and global framework. It will cover assumptions underlying current approaches to the evaluation and treatment of language disorders in the developing child. Major emphasis will be upon the theoretical foundations of the study and treatment of communication disorders in children from birth to age five.

Service Learning Component
: Assisting with PrimeTime family reading program at community library.

College of Information Science & Technology

Info Systems & Quantitative Analysis

Information Systems Analysis (ISQA 4110)

Systems Design & Implementation (ISQA 4120)

Leah Pietron/Paul Van Vliet

Course Descriptions: Examines and applies the principles of information systems analysis, following a structured systems development methodology. It surveys project management, feasibility and analysis and systems requirement definition using modern systems analysis techniques and automated tools. This course utilizes a case approach where students initiate the analysis and logical design of a limited-scope information system. The second sequential course in computer information systems analysis, design, and implementation extends the basic foundations of systems development started in ISQA 4110 and examines the activities comprising the design, construction and implementation of information systems.

Service Learning Component: Working with Food Bank of the Heartland to design and implement a information system to track the collection and timely distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in an effort to minimize spoilage of fresh produce donated by farmers, local gardens and grocery stores.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice–CRCJ 1010

Dennis Hoffman

Course Description
: Provide an overview of the justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime and justice are discussed as well as the rights of individuals in a democratic society. The law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice, and corrections systems are explored

Service Learning component
: Mentoring at risk youth through local mentoring programs, Boys & Girls Club of North Omaha and GMBC Amachi Mentoring Coalition.


Programs & Services for the Elderly–GERO 4670

Lyn Holley

Course Description: Provide an historical overview of programs for the elderly; examine the national policy process as it relates to the older American; and review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged.

Service Learning Component: Interview service organizations and the elders they serve, record fieldwork observations, and review scholarly research as the basis for a Lived Experience Paper.   This multi-faceted needs assessment serves as a foundation for a briefing to the community partner and/or policy officials.

Public Administration

Research Methods in Public Administration–PA 8120

Arwiphawee Srithongrung

Course Description: Develop skills in quantitative analysis of information relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to fundamentals of research designs, strategies of data collection and basic statistical analysis.

Service Learning Component: Conduct focus groups with high school leaders to identify potential service learning projects for their entire school. Results  include a data collection plan to involve other students from the school in the project selection process.

Social Work

Social Work & Civic Engagement–SOWK 1500

Tanya Seina

ourse Description: Acquaint students with the social work profession, professional roles and functions, and social services delivery systems. Students will learn about the diverse opportunities associated with social work practice, agency systems and macro perspectives.

Service Learning Component
: Collaborate with K-12 students to create and host a learning station at upcoming health fair. Plan and host a party at Open Door Mission.