Community-Based Learning

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. . . You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. . . You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant."  --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in "The Drum Major Instinct"

Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric (CBL) offers students a unique opportunity to learn skills and strategies for effective research and written argumentation through investigating social justice issues and performing community service. In partnership with the Center for Social Concerns, instructors connect students with local venues where they perform approximately 10 to 15 hours of community service over the course of the semester. Community-based learning classes are an excellent way to get involved in the larger community and to get an early start in exploring the many service opportunities available to Notre Dame students. Moreover, students integrate their service experiences into readings, research, writing, and discussion about the meanings of community, citizenship, and social justice in contemporary America. Students earn three credits in this course.

What Students Say

"I enrolled in the Community-Based Learning program the first semester of my freshman year, and, in turn, I was greatly rewarded."

"We are not only Notre Dame students here; we have the opportunity to accept citizenship and become part of the South Bend community."


CBL Courses, Spring of 2018