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Cardinal Courses apply learning to service

This video series showcases some of the nearly 200 courses that integrate classroom learning with community partnerships to address social and environmental issues.

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Rania Awaad

PSYC 86Q Psychology of Xenophobia

Students explore Islamophobia and its relationship to the global refugee crisis—particularly in terms of the impact on local residents' lives and mental health.

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CS 377E: Designing for Global Grand Challenges
Students develop web applications to assist with complex social and environmental challenges.
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CSRE 196C: Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Students work with Bay Area nonprofits on community organizing and social justice campaigns.
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geophysics student

GEOPHYS 190: Near-Surface Geophysics
Students apply geophysical imaging methods and tools to sustainable water management in California’s Central Valley.
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Health students

HUMBIO 127A: Community Health Assessment and Planning
Students apply research skills to assessing a health program serving people with diabetes.
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Storytelling student

TAPS 126: Sound Stories
Students learn nuances of storytelling through collaborations with community organizations.
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Environment students

EDUC 332: Theory and Practice of Environmental Education
Students learn about environmental education amid iconic redwood forests.
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Each year, Stanford offers almost 200 Cardinal Courses, or community-engaged learning courses, through 55 different academic departments and programs. These courses enable students to apply what they learn in the classroom to working with and learning from public service leaders, critically examining public issues, and getting hands-on experience in projects that address community needs.

These videos feature a range of Cardinal Courses:

  • In GEOPHYS 190: Near-Surface Geophysics, taught by Rosemary Knight and Dustin Schroeder, Stanford graduate and undergraduate students apply the latest in geophysical concepts, imaging methods, and tools to assist growers in California’s Central Valley with sustainable water management.
  • In CSRE 196C: Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, taught by Paula Moya and Hazel Markus, students volunteer with Bay Area nonprofits on community organizing, voter registration and civic engagement, and racial and social justice campaigns.
  • In James Landay’s CS 377E: Designing for Global Grand Challenges, students design web applications to assist with complex social and environmental challenges, from coordinating a rapid response to refugee arrivals in Europe, to reducing unconscious bias in professional reviews.
  • In HUMBIO 127A&B: Community Health Assessment and Planning with Catherine Heaney, students learn the benefits and challenges of conducting program assessment through a partnership with Samaritan House's health clinic program that provides healthy food for diabetic patients and their families. 
  • In the podcasting course, TAPS 126: Sound Stories with Jake Warga, offered through a collaboration with the Menlo Park Police Department and LifeMoves, students learn the art of listening and storytelling as a means to deepen people’s understanding of complex and often contentious issues, such as community policing.
  • In EDUC 332: Theory and Practice of Environmental Education with Nicole Ardoin, students learn about educating visitors in California’s parks about the effects that shifting environmental conditions may have on iconic redwood forests for generations to come.