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SOC 225: Project Community

Students who elect Sociology 225: Practicum in Sociology choose seminars in our Criminal Justice, Education, or Public Health program areas. Examples of community work for students include teaching a creative writing class in a prison, tutoring at a local school, being a "fem-tor" for a teenage girl or volunteering in a hospital. Project Community's unique design provides many opportunities for learning in the community and in the classroom.

Participating students earn academic credit by reflecting with a sociological lens on service-learning experiences in education, public health, or criminal justice, settings. Students gain skills and perspective through a variety of experiences within these settings, including tutoring in a public elementary school, facilitating weekly debates, or creative writing groups with jail inmates or prisoners.

A complete list of volunteer sites is available below and on the LSA Course Guide site, under SOC 225.

How Does SOC 225 Work?

Sociology 225: Practicum in Sociology (Experiential) is offered in Fall and Winter terms on a mandatory Credit/ No Credit basis. There are sections available for 2, 3, and 4 credit hours. However, please note that each section has a determined number of credits, which cannot be modified by the student. Up to 4 credits of SOC 225 may be
included in the Sociology major requirements. Regular credit exclusions and limitations apply for sociology majors and Law, Justice, and Social Change minors.

Students may choose from one of four program areas:

  • Education
  • Public
  • Health
  • Criminal Justice

Requirements of the course include attending a 90-minute weekly seminar, participating in relevant community service at a designated site for approximately 4 hours each week, and completing all reading and writing assignments and/or projects. Each section has a different community service site with unique needs and possible service times. Please consult the course descriptions for detailed information or contact for more information. If a section requires permission to register, contact

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to work with the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) to use a vehicle. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and CEAL staff.

If you have questions, contact Project Community ( or call
734.764-6324). Please provide the name and number of the section
about which you are inquiring.

What is the Time Commitment for Soc 225?

The requirements for students in SOC 225 are as follows:

  • Do the readings for each week;
  • Go to site for 3-4 hours each week;
  • Meet with the other students in their section, and their PF, for 1.5 hours per week;
  • Send their PF a 2 page journal entry each week;
  • Write the mid-term paper / exam for their GSI;
  • Develop and implement a Community Action Project (CAP) in cooperation with other SOC 225 students in their section and with the support of their site contact;
  • Submit short individual and group reports on the CAP to their GSI; and
  • Fill out the online SOC 225 student entry and exit surveys.