Community Based Learning Courses

Anthropology

+ ANT 345 / ENV 400

Anthropology of Food

Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring of odd years
Prerequisites | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course explores the interconnections between distinctive cultures and ethnicities and their food traditions, including production and preparation strategies, and consumption and waste patterns. What we eat reveals cultural and biophysical influences that range from sociocultural traditions, gender, politics, and religion, to habitat, environmental health, and human biology. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will work closely with  Action Ministries Rome to better understand the connection between people, food, and community.  Students will volunteer at the food pantry to develop gardens and recipes for produce grown on-site and cook meals from those ingredients at local soup kitchens. 

+ ANT 355 / ENV 400

ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY 

Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring of even years
Prerequisites | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Environmental Anthropology is a course that provides an introduction to human/environmental interactions from diverse anthropological perspectives and allows you to engage your local environment, working with your hands, but also your heart and mind, "getting dirty" in the sense of pondering all the microbiota in our soil and how our behaviors impact them. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - The community engagement component works collaboratively with the  Action Ministries Rome Food PantryChieftains MuseumDavies Shelter, CRBI, and other local organizations working to improve our community and tackling issues such as food insecurity, environmental injustice, and sustainability.

Education

+ EDU 222

Exploration of Diverse Cultures

Instructor | Dr. Eliana Hirano | ehirano@berry.edu 
Course Rotation | Summers 
Prerequisites | EDU 221

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Students will explore methods for cultural and educational context analysis, and will consider techniques to determine the relationships among family, society, health, and schooling in a culture other than the student’s own.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - The  Global Village Project is a special purposes accredited middle school for refugee young women in Decatur, GA. Berry students will assist the GVP teachers and staff.

+ EDU 321

Language Arts for Early Childhood Education

Instructor | Dr. Nancy Edwards | nedwards@berry.edu 
Course Rotation | Every spring 
Prerequisites | EDU 320 and admittance to teacher-education program. CR: EDU 371WI

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course provides experiences with a balanced literary program through the integration of all the language arts across the curriculum with a focus on children’s literature. Instructional and assessment strategies, including technology, for helping diverse learners use literacy to explore cultures, arts, and sciences are integral components of the course. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - The community partner is  Anna K. Davie Elementary School, which is located in South Rome, and serves students in an area of high poverty. Berry students will serve as writing tutors in an after-school writing club for elementary age students who need additional support at Anna K. Davie.  

English

+ EDU 475

Writing and Community

Instructor | Dr. Sandra Meek and Dr. William Donnelly | smeek@berry.edu and wdonnelly@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every third semester (starting in Fall 17) 

Prerequisites | ENG 470 or ENG 471 or ENG 305

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This senior-level seminar class will consider the many ways creative writing can be integrated into community service. Students will grapple with underlying questions regarding the relationship between the individual artist and the community, such as where do we draw the line, if we can, between art for art's sake, and "therapeutic" writing? The course will also consider other aspects of the writer's life--including publication, translation, and criticism--from the perspective of communal service. Students will be challenged to think deeply about their own relationship, present and future, with their communities as individual writers.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - We will be responding to community needs and creating a service program from scratch that offers local high school students a place to learn about and create their own creative writing.

Environmental Science

+ EVS 405

Environmental Science Senior Capstone

Instructor | Dr. Zachary Taylor |ztaylor@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every fall
Prerequisites | EVS major and senior status

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Applications of the scientific approach to a variety of environmental problems and hands-on experience in identification of factors affecting environmental quality. Course serves as an introduction to measurement theory as applied to environmental studies, emphasizing data acquisition, analysis and display, and represents the culmination of the environmental science curriculum where students synthesize and apply their knowledge of environmental science.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students are divided into groups to complete an environmental project in the Rome area where they will be working with one a of a variety of community partners including the Rome E.C.O. Center, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Students will meet with each partner twice during the semester and will work with partners to create a document defining the deliverables of each project.

Environmental Studies

+ ENV 400 / ANT 345

Anthropology of Food

Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring of odd years
Prerequisites | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course explores the interconnections between distinctive cultures and ethnicities and their food traditions, including production and preparation strategies, and consumption and waste patterns. What we eat reveals cultural and biophysical influences that range from sociocultural traditions, gender, politics, and religion, to habitat, environmental health, and human biology. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will work closely with Action Ministries Rome to better understand the connection between people, food, and community.  Students will volunteer at the food pantry to develop gardens and recipes for produce grown on-site and cook meals from those ingredients at local soup kitchens. 

+ ENV 400 / ANT 355

ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY 

Instructor | Dr. Brian Campbell | bcampbell@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring of even years
Prerequisites* | ANT 200 or SOC 200 or ENV 150 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Environmental Anthropology is a course that provides an introduction to human/environmental interactions from diverse anthropological perspectives and allows you to engage your local environment, working with your hands, but also your heart and mind, "getting dirty" in the sense of pondering all the microbiota in our soil and how our behaviors impact them. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - The community engagement component works collaboratively with the  Action Ministries Rome Food PantryChieftains MuseumDavies ShelterCRBI, and other local organizations working to improve our community and tackling issues such as food insecurity, environmental injustice, and sustainability

Marketing

+ MKT 424

Marketing Communications

Instructor | Dr. Melissa Clark | mclark@berry.edu 
Course Rotation | See department schedule for future offerings
Prerequisites | MKT 301
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - An integrated marketing communications approach to the study of the many ways in which profit and nonprofit organizations communicate with their publics. Emphasis is placed on understanding the synergies between various communications tools (e.g., public relations, sales promotions, advertising, event sponsorship).

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will venture beyond the classroom and partner with a designated nonprofit organization to collaborate on deciding the organizational message, creating a communication plan, and executing at least 5 different methods of the plan. 

Psychology

+ PSY 390

The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

Instructor | Dr. Casey Dexter | cdexter@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every spring
Prerequisites | PSY 101

COURSE DESCRIPTION - The primary goal of this course is to provide the student with a working knowledge of the competencies of aging adults, the challenges faced by aging adults, and opportunities available to aging adults as they navigate the aging process. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will meet with clients at  Mercy Senior Care for roughly ten hours over the semester with this time including: orientation, getting to know the senior citizen they will be interviewing, conducting the interview, and presenting their final product.

+ PSY 432

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disorders

Instructor | Dr. Michelle Haney | mhaney@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every spring
Prerequisites* | PSY 101
*can be waived at instructor's discretion

COURSE DESCRIPTION - An introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. The course discusses core and associated characteristics of ASD and other developmental disorders, the historical framework and underlying theories, diagnostic criteria based on the DSMV and IDEA, diagnostic assessment tools, social communication, behavior, transitioning to the community, and evidence based strategies/programs to promote inclusion and self-determination.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Candidates will work in small groups with children, adolescents, or adults with developmental disabilities such as ASD and/or Intellectual Disabilities on a communication, literacy/academic, independent living, or vocational goal.

+ PSY 445

Seminar in the Applications of Psychology: Childhood Cancer

Instructor | Dr. Susan Conradsen | sconradsen@berry.edu  
Course Rotation | Summers
Prerequisites | PSY 101 and junior/senior status or consent of instructor
*can be waived at instructor’s discretion
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This one week immersion course focuses on the application of health psychology to children and their families who are experiencing childhood cancer. Students will learn about coping with chronic illness, stages of death and dying, methods to improve prognosis and quality of life, research on prevention, and non-medical ways to adjust to chronic/terminal illness. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - This course will partner with  Lighthouse Family Retreat in Sandestin, Florida. This organization works to provide fun, family-centered activities for families dealing with childhood cancer, and makes sure that every family member receives the special attention that they need. 

Rhetoric and Writing

+ RHW 101

Rhetoric and Writing

Instructor | Dr. Melissa Mullins | mmullins@berry.edu 
Course Rotation | See department schedule for future offerings
Prerequisites | None
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course is designed to bolster students’ confidence, assisting them to achieve a level of competency necessary for adequate work in RHW 102. It focuses on writing skills appropriate for academic audiences, including recognizing and manipulating basic elements of the expository essay, citation and documentation, and the writing process. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will form a relationship with a community partner as they reflect on how social narratives are constructed and the effect that those narratives have on all of us.

Sociology

+ SOC 320

Criminology

Instructor | Dr. Sarah Allred | sallred@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Spring of even years
Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This class offers a sociological exploration into the history, nature, and policies related to corrections, incarceration, and reentry. Readings are framed around core questions and the course is structured in accordance with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program way of teaching. 

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Class sessions are held at the  Floyd County Prison (FCP), where half of the students are Berry students, and the other half are men incarcerated at FCP. When possible, Berry students tour the Georgia Diagnostics and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA to better understand where their classmates were originally processed. 

+ SOC 375

Sociology of Disability

Instructor | Dr. Sarah Allred | sallred@berry.edu 
Course Rotation | Fall of odd years 
Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Engagement through the Inside-out course is derived from the learning experience overall. Two groups of students learn together as equals, in the setting of a local prison.  Half of the students are incarcerated at the prison; the other half are Berry students.  Most, but not all, of the Inside students have had some prior college experiences. Most are high school graduates. Engagement is best considered as something that happens in the context of the prison, in the company of “the other,” when we read and discuss together about aspects, policies, etc. concerning corrections. In the most recent course, disability issues in the context of corrections were examined: aging issues, mental illness, and physical disability issues.

Note: Inside-Out is a pedagogy that may be used to teach on a range of topics. In the past several years, the pedagogy has been applied within sociology elective courses that have an established rotation in the Sociology department.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Warden Jeff Chandler of the  Floyd County Prison began partnering with Berry College to hold the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in the spring of 2011. Prior to this, Inside-Out courses were offered at the Floyd County Jail. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an international program that creates partnerships between higher learning institutions and correctional facilities in order to “deepen the conversation about and transform approaches to understanding crime, justice, freedom, inequality and other issues of social concern.”

+ SOC 380

Community

Instructor | Dr. Dale McConkey | dmcconkey@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Fall of even years 
Prerequisites | SOC 200 or ANT 200
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - Analysis of trends in community research and theory. Consideration for community as a unit of social organization from multiple perspectives including political economy, virtual, ideal type, and ecological systems. Examination of community in global era with consideration of economic, cultural, and political impacts on power structures and processes of change. 

 COMMUNITY PARTNER - Students will choose from a range of community partners including  City of Rome Development OfficeRestoration Rome,   Action Ministries Rome Food Pantry, and potentially the   Davies Homeless Shelter or the  Boys and Girls Club of South Rome. Students will engage the South Rome community to learn firsthand the opportunities and challenges of intentional, sustained community development. 

Spanish

+ SPA 300

Spanish in Context

Instructor | Dr. Julia Barnes and Dr. Julee Tate | jbarnes@berry.edu or jtate@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Every semester
Prerequisites* | SPA 200
*can be waived at instructor’s discretion
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course promotes Spanish language proficiency in all four skill areas, with a particular focus on reading and writing, and deepens students' cultural awareness. Through a thorough review and expansion of Spanish vocabulary and grammar, the course serves as a bridge between the basic language sequence and upper-level courses. Students enrolled in this course are required to participate for one to two hours per week in community initiatives using their Spanish-language skills.

COMMUNITY PARTNER - Most students choose to volunteer one night a week (either a Tuesday or a Thursday) with the Berry College ESL classes, which are held in Evans building. There are other options as well, including volunteering with the YMCA and assisting with ESL classes at the public library, for example. However, in these cases, you will need to take the initiative immediately and arrange them.

Women's and Gender Studies

+ WNS 323

Social Justice in Action

Instructor | Dr. Susan Conradsen | sconradsen@berry.edu
Course Rotation | Summers
Prerequisites* | Junior/senior status WNS 210 
*can be waived at instructor’s discretion
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - This course is a one week community-based learning immersion course focusing on social activism with an inner city community. It is designed to provide extensive engagement within the community with a focus on integrating theory with application on both a personal and community level.   

COMMUNITY PARTNER - The primary partner is Hearts to Nourish Hope, an organization that works with at risk inner city youth. Involvement with the organization is slightly different each time the course is offered depending upon the needs of the non-profit organization. In the past this has included working with the Atlanta Food Bank, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and with different aspects of Hearts to Nourish Hope.