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Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship

A collaboration between the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, the Dean of the College, and AS&E academic programs, the Community-Engaged Scholarship Program supports students, faculty, and community partners to combine teaching, research, and practice to build scholarship and address pressing issues facing communities locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Through pursuing an academic citation in community-engaged scholarship, students passionate about integrated learning and responding to community-identified needs are able to design a course of study and practice that complements the Rochester Curriculum and their chosen areas of study. The citation is designed to contextualize abstract theories, develop critical skills, challenge assumptions that will prepare them for their future at UR and beyond.

To receive the Citation in Community-Engaged Scholarship, students must complete the following requirements (minimum 16 credits):

  1. Community-Engaged Coursework
  2. Two 2-credit Community-Engaged Scholarship Seminars
  3. Community-Engaged Capstone

Community-Engaged Coursework

Students fulfill this requirement by taking courses offered by existing AS&E departments and programs totaling 12 credits, which:

  1. expose the student to issues of inequality or unmet needs in the communities beyond campus,
  2. include material taught in collaboration with non-academic partner organizations, and
  3. involve coursework that contributes to the missions and needs of those non-academic partner organizations.

Two 2-credit Community-Engaged Scholarship Seminars

Students pursuing this credential are required to take two, 2-credit seminars that examine the theory and practice of community-engaged scholarship. The seminars, Introduction to Community-Engaged Scholarship and Advanced Topics in Community-Engaged Scholarship, will allow students to learn from each other in a seminar-based cohort, to prepare for productive and socially just interaction with community partners, and to practice critical reflection in their community-engaged scholarship. The seminars will explore local and global University-community relationships, and will foster learning in the context of these diverse partnerships. These two seminars are intended to be taken in sequence with both seminars examining topics through readings, case studies, reflective writing, guest speakers, and site visits.

CAS 202: Introduction to Community-Engaged Scholarship will be open to any undergraduate student and will survey community-engaged scholarship and critical reflection. Students are encouraged to take this early in their curriculum as it is a prerequisite for the advanced seminar and a requirement for approval of the capstone project. This course may serve as a recruitment tool for students to pursue the credential, and will allow them to consult with the instructor to chart a path toward achieving this citation. CAS 202 will be offered in the Spring on Tuesdays from 4:50 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Note: instructor permission is required for this course. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest.

CAS 206: Community Engaged Scholarship, the advanced 2-credit seminar, will prepare students to successfully complete projects and critical reflection inherent in community-engaged scholarship. Advanced topics include community-based inquiry, systems thinking, community-university partnerships, critical reflection, cultural competencies, and leadership frameworks. The advanced seminar is intended to be taken concurrently with or immediately following work on the capstone project in order for the citation to be achieved.

Community-Engaged Capstone Project

The community-engaged capstone project is an extended project conceived of and executed by the student under the joint supervision of a full-time or part-time member of the faculty and a leader of a non-academic partner organization that addressed the needs of underserved communities beyond campus, including local, regional, national or global communities. Students who wish to conduct a project must propose the project’s activities and objectives for approval by the program steering committee by the beginning of the fall semester of senior year. To be approved, a project must:

  • include at least 100 hours of contact time by the student (i.e.; time working with leadership from the partner organization and/or in direct contact with the populations the partner organization serves), and
  • culminate in the delivery of a tangible work product by the student.  This product must meet needs of the partner organization and/or the population it serves and draw on methods and knowledge of the academic discipline represented by the project’s faculty supervisor.

Several credit-bearing and co-curricular programs are currently in operation in AS&E that we anticipate students will use to partially fulfill the requirements of the capstone project.  These include but are not limited to:

  • independent research projects completed via departmental honors programs
  • the Public Health Program’s community engagement Internship
  • the Rochester Urban Fellows program through Rochester Center for Community Leadership
  • Senior Design courses in the Hajim School


  • Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all courses for the citation and a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Students in the Class of 2018 and later are eligible to apply


Contact Lauren Caruso ( for application details.