Community Engagement

Section 64750

  • Note: For a D-Clearance application or more information, email Professor Ben Pack at This special topics course affords students an opportunity to improve their writing and critical reasoning abilities experientially and personally through projects with community partners. The course asks students to engage the community surrounding USC through writing and critical reasoning to address social needs and to learn from the communities in which our classrooms exist. Students will have the opportunity to partner with one of several, diverse pre-selected organizations in the Los Angeles Area and engage in collaborative workwork that requires students to interrogate assumptions about local places and identities and explore the complexities of local social issues. Using experiences with community partners and assigned texts as an anchor, students will engage in the processes of writing and revision and practice skills to craft complex, coherent arguments that imagine new possibilities for local communities in both formal writing projects and a semester-long project. In addition to our regular class time, we ask that all of our students set aside one of the following blocks during at least eight weeks of the semester: M, T, W, or Th 1-3 p.m. T 12-3 p.m., W 6 PM Th 5-7 p.m. Students are required to complete 10 hours of service total with one of our partner organizations over the course of the entire semester. If you are unable to commit to one of these slots, we believe it would be best to participate in a different thematic, as interactions with community partners will be integral to successfully completing the course assignments.
  • Session Dates (session code 001)
    First day of classes:
    Monday, January 7, 2019
    Last day to add:
    Friday, January 25, 2019
    Last day to drop without a mark of "W" and receive a refund:
    Friday, January 25, 2019
    Last day to withdraw without a “W” on transcript or change pass/no pass to letter grade:
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    Last day to drop with a mark of "W":
    Friday, April 5, 2019
    End of session:
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019