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Support for Cardinal Courses

The Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) team supports faculty with development, implementation, and funding of Cardinal Courses.

Meet the team

What is a Cardinal Course?

EARTHSYS Cardinal Course

One of four main components of Cardinal Service, Cardinal Courses engage students in projects and partnerships in the community that address social or environmental challenges. Though projects and partnerships vary, all Cardinal Courses:

  • Engage with a community to address a social or environmental challenge
  • Integrate course objectives and community-based experiences
  • Produce reciprocal benefits for students, faculty, and community partners
  • Provide opportunities to critically examine public issues
  • Embody Stanford's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service

Cardinal Courses may feature service as an integral component of the academic course experience, focus on public service as subject matter, or offer preparation for public service internships or fieldwork. Other courses allow students already engaged in service to enhance the effectiveness of their work.

They may be small, intensive seminars or larger lecture courses with community engagement related discussion sections and experiences. Service elements range from hands-on activities at partner locations to class projects that benefit a large community.

Developing a Cardinal Course

Find information and resources for developing your Cardinal Course on the Cardinal Service website, including: