Advanced Field Study (AFS) provides a select number of Social Ecology juniors and seniors with a deeper engaged learning experience over the course of an academic year (3 quarters – Oct-June).  During this time they are placed with an agency for 10 hours/week.  In addition to working with their agency on day-to-day services and operations, they also engage in variety of activities in collaboration with their agency.  These may include conducting research that enhances the work of the organization, developing new activities or programs, working intensively with clients, engaging in outreach and community organization, participating in organizational development and advancement efforts, and more.

The third quarter (spring) of the AFS year is designated as satisfying the UCI writing requirement for undergraduates. With that in mind, students will, in addition to the work they do with their community partner, produce an analytical and reflective paper that distills the lessons they have learned from their community placement and, in the process, hones and deepens their writing skills.

Students whose work includes original research may be selected to share their work at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium held during the spring quarter.   In 2017-2018, with the support of Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance, our thematic focus is homelessness and hunger.  

AFS Quote


  • 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 - 2018-2019 applications will be available in spring 2018

Community Partner Application -  2018-2019 application will be available in spring 2018

Sample Syllabus


  • Instructor:  Elliott Currie, Professor, Criminology, Law and Society
  • Program Management: Ashley Vikander, Director, Field Study Program 

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