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Study structured around service: an interdisciplinary approach

San Jose State University - CA, California
President: Robert Corrigan

When academic study is structured around service, rather than the other way around, lines between disciplines can become blurred. Service-based courses often require an interdisciplinary approach, because the problems of a community cannot be addressed through a single discipline. A new course package at San Jose State University will focus on local parks from the perspective of three disciplines: biology, political science, and engineering. The added bonus: as students work to increase access to the parks and enhance bio-diversity of plant life, the theme-based package the courses intertwined around a single theme will fulfill their general education core requirement.


From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy

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