Community-based learning (CBL)  is a high-impact teaching and learning practice that underscores Georgetown University’s commitment to justice and the common good. Faculty and community-based organizations (CBOs) collaborate to design and execute a course in which students actively contribute to the CBO’s work.

The AY 18-19 CBL course design cohort supports five CBL courses with:  faculty and CBO stipends ($1000.00 faculty stipend, up to $3,000 total in CBO stipends), logistical support ($200 for course, i.e. transportation, fees for background checks), and monthly lunchtime cohort meetings August-May (1.5 hours). All participating courses receive the CBL designation, which will attribute the course as “CBL” in MyAccess and on student transcripts. CBL courses are a graduation requirement for some undergraduate majors.

Course proposals (short description in a Google Form) are due by Friday, May 4, 2018.

Learn more about CBL and apply with your course proposal.

Questions? Email Amanda Munroe, CSJ Assistant Director for Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy.


CSJ continues to accept course proposals on a rolling basis for faculty seeking to teach officially attributed  community-based learning courses outside of the new CBL Course Design cohort. In keeping with the university’s missional “commitment to justice and the common good”, CSJ offers support to any faculty members wishing to infuse a course with social justice themes.

Officially attributed CBL courses are reviewed on a rolling basis by an advisory board of Georgetown faculty representing each of the four undergraduate schools. All CBL courses must satisfy a set of basic requirements and pass and are attributed on student transcripts and in My Access as “CBL”. Visit our website for more information about CBL course requirements.

Social Justice and CBL course consultations can be arranged by emailing Amanda Munroe.

More information about the Au 18-19 CBL Course Design Cohort Here

Community-Based Learning (CBL) at Georgetown University is defined as: an academic course-based pedagogy that involves student work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups, or organizations working with and for disadvantaged and underserved individuals or groups. This form of learning is often called "service-learning." The Community-based Learning model attempts to capture Georgetown's central commitment to partnership with community representatives in designing mutually beneficial outcomes for CBL courses. Approximately 40 undergraduate CBL courses are offered during the academic year across all four undergraduate schools.

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) is responsible for designating undergraduate courses as “community-based learning” courses. Crucially, a CBL course involves work with disadvantaged and underserved individuals and groups. Such work has traditionally been called “service-learning.” The language of CBL attempts to capture Georgetown’s central commitment to working with community representatives in designing CBL courses, courses that value the contributions of both campus and community to the learning experience of the students.

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Profile of a CBL course


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Class Emphasizes Jesuit Values in Professional Life at the School of Continuing Studies 

CBL in Summer: Intersections of Social Justice