AFS offers a small number of undergraduate students in the School of Social Ecology an in-depth, three-quarter field study experience focused on civic and community engagement.

Students will work together with a local community, government, or business organization to prepare a professional research client report which helps the organization better understand the social or community problems it hopes to address, helps inform the organization’s strategic goals, and/or helps enhance the organization’s operations or services.

Students will draw upon academic training, local insights of people living and working in the community, personal reflections, and in-class discussions to guide these problem-solving efforts and other civic education experiences  In addition to the engaged work students will be able to petition one quarter (SocEcol 195C/spring) of graded work for an upper division major elective.

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AFS students will complete 100 hours per quarter (10 hours /week) working on projects for our community partners and will work closely with the course instructor and field placement supervisor to:

  • Frame significant research questions, design and conduct research that will answer those questions
  • Support the activities of a local community, government, or business organization, and help build and sustain healthy communities
  • Identify and examine sources of community based knowledge
  • Integrate community based knowledge with academic theory and research to address concrete community issues and concerns
  • Dialogue with peers regarding issues that arise during the community based field experience
  • Analyze social policy as it relates to community issues and concerns
  • Communicate findings and recommendations to scholarly and community audiences


  • Major within the School of Social Ecology
  • 90+ quarter units completed at time of application
  • Good academic standing
  • A commitment to enroll in all three courses of the Seminar sequence in the senior year (this means being in residence at UCI all three quarters).
  • No course enrollment form needed. Students will select from available opportunities once they are accepted into the program.


Student Application - 2017-2018 applications now available.  Due by May 5, 2017
Community Partner Application -  2017-2018 available soon.
Sample Syllabus


  • Instructor:  Elliott Currie, Professor, Criminology, Law and Society
  • Student Liaison: Ashley Vikander, Director, Field Study Program
  • Community Partner Liaison: Rachel Christensen, Field Study Coordinator


Thank you to our 2015-2016 Community Partners. 




Advanced Field Study Client Projects

Student Name Project Title/Focuse Community Partner
Aubrey Thompson

Trauma Informed Care

Assessment of tools for evaluating childhood trauma.

Illumination Foundation
Brennan Lagman

Youth V.O.I.S.E Project, Vocalizing our Inner Sense of Empowerment, Exploring ­­youth sense of community, oppression and empowerment through self-expression

Denise Castro Third Time is Not the Charm; An Analysis on Criminal Activity and Recidivism Patterns in Orange County US Postal Inspection Service
Elizabeth Powell

Social, Emotional, Cognitive Development and Behaviors of Children who have been Exposed to Domestic Violence

Human Options
Lauriel Exner

Evaluation of the Higher Education Mentoring Program

Orange County Bar Foundation
Leslie Aguayo Community Development Initiative through Micro-Farming and Aquaponics Agriculture in the City of Santa Ana Kidworks
May Kim and Paula Ramirez Farm2Seniors Dual Component Project Analysis Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Melissa Hernandez-Gutierrez

HOW ARE SENIORS FARING, Evaluating the Emotional Well-Being  of Lakeview Senior Center’s Participants

City of Irvine
Mona Foroughifard Factors Contributing to Recidivism Among Hispanic Youth in Orange Orange County Bar Foundation
Rana Tanios

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department: Gang Diversion Program, Evaluating Success Rates of Police-Implemented Prevention Programs For At-Risk Youth

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Gang Diversion Team
Ricardo Light

Assessment Of A Pilot Community Garden Program: Lighthouse Community Center In Santa Ana, CA

Lighthouse Community Centers
Rosemary Gomez

Law Enforcement and Immigration: The Need for a Sanctuary City in Orange County

Korean Resource Center
Vanessa Chavez Patterns of Completion: Factors Associated with Success in a Diversion Program in a Latino Community Orange County Bar Foundation
Veronica Gonzalez

Parents Creating Change, The impact of parenting education on the parent-child relationship of domestic violence survivors

OC Family Justice Center
Viet Van Process-Based Analysis of PhotoVoice National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Archive of Past Projects & Cohorts