PRACTICUM & APPLIED SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS

Hello! If you are an Environmental Studies/Science major, you probably already know about Applied Service Learning, which is a requirement for graduation for the 2011-2012 catalog forward.

There are THREE ways to satisfy this requirement:

1. An EVS 497 Practicum (internship): These are geared to career-ladder opportunities and require a minimum commitment of 120 hours (3 credits). This is the preferred way to go because it gives you the most in-depth experience for both jobs and grad school. But you must plan ahead! For details, the application, New Postings and Placements, see our practicum pages at http://uncw.edu/evs/internshipPractica.html.

2. An EVS 485 1 credit Applied Service Learning: You can volunteer at any one of a number of sites over the course of a semester (or more) for a total of FORTY (40) HOURS, for ONE CREDIT HOUR, and that satisfied the requirement. The sites have various opportunities and you can hit their web pages to learn. Contact numbers are also attached for the pre-approved sites, so you can contact the site and talk about what volunteer opportunities are available. Once you have decided where you want to volunteer, advise us what you plan via the Applied Service Learning application (attached). We will then send your application to your choices. At that point we can enter a REGISTRATION OVERRIDE for you BUT PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST STILL ENROLL ONLINE JUST AS WITH ANY OTHER CLASS! If the site agrees, you may log time with more than one site as long as an authorized person signs your logs. We will supply the forms after you are enrolled. There are several sites that have been pre-approved, but feel free to suggest others.

3. Comparable Volunteer Experience in another class: Dr. Hall can approve another class as a substitute if there are sufficiently documented community service hours (40 hours). Please note that you must receive this waiver BEFORE you take the class to make sure it counts.

Please plan ahead for what should be a very valuable experience!

Jack C. Hall
Department Chair


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