Community Based Learning

Connecting academic work and purposeful engagement with the world.

The Community Based Learning Program links Mount Holyoke College students with communities through courses, independent studies, internships, and research and service projects that combine learning and analysis with action and social change. Students learn about communities and how to apply ideas, theories, and models to social issues in a practical context while gaining insights from practitioners in communities and in community-based organizations (CBOs).

The CBL Fellows program enhances students’ understanding of social issues and concerns, and fosters leadership, citizenship, organizing, and advocacy skills. Among community partners, CBL fosters sustainable, mutually beneficial campus-community relationships that support capacity-building in area community organizations.

The CBL experience, in many cases provides an introduction or perspective to work that students may pursue further in their international internships and future careers.