Students paddle down New Jersey’s Millstone River

There are a wide range of service-related courses at Princeton that can help you develop your own unique academic trajectory. Your participation in a service-related course deepens your understanding of service and encourages connections between your summer service internship and your intellectual pursuits.

You can work with the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) to find a service-related course in one of two ways:

  • choose from a pre-approved list of ProCES courses recommended for Service Focus or
  • petition to take a different service-related course that matches your interests and internship experience.

ProCES courses

You may choose a ProCES course connected to your internship and recommended for Service Focus from the pre-approved course list on the ProCES website. Courses recommended for Service Focus are indicated with a Service Focus icon.

All ProCES courses cultivate an understanding of service as one potential response to societal needs and concerns but vary in the way that service is integrated into the course. ProCES courses may include community-based research, volunteer service linked with coursework, or historical and theoretical reflections on service. ProCES courses recommended for Service Focus include formal opportunities for students to reflect on and extend their learning from their summer internship experience.  This might be through assignments, regular class discussions, or another component of the course. 

Petition Courses

It may be that you identify a course that is particularly interesting as a follow-up to your internship experience but is not a ProCES course recommended for Service Focus. In this case, you may petition to take a course not on the list. Petitions may be submitted any time prior to the undergraduate deadline to add or drop a course without a fee, which is at the end of the second week of the semester.

To petition for a course not the list you should:

  1. Identify a course you would like to take.
  2. Complete the online petition form. The form will ask for course information and a short explanation of how the course would build on what you learned from your summer internship experience.
  3. You will receive an email notifying you of final decisions on petitions.

Professor Mathew Desmon teaching poverty in America