By the Numbers
Annually, more than 40 faculty offer the field study course to more than 950 students. Students complete the seminar and field work through placements at one of 225+ approved community partners.
Community Partners Breakdown: 42% non-profit, 41% public sector, 17% private sector
Students who conducted a geographic analysis in George Tita's, Fall 2013 - Crm/Law C148 GEO INFO SYSTEMS course found that there are more field study students in areas of less income versus higher income and in areas where more than 40% of the population over 25 years old does not have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Making Meaningful Contributions
Advanced Field Study provides students and community partners to align skills, needs, interests and learning objectives to collaborate on projects that make a difference in our communities. The 2014-2015 Advanced Field Study Students completed projects on youth shelter staff experiences, obstacles impeding afforadable housing, assessiment of effectiveness of a gang diversion program, recommendations for sustainablility programs in low-income housing communities, building capacity for sustainable food programs in Santa Ana, and evaluating tutoring effectiveness. Read more...
Confronting Poverty, Social Injustice, and Inequality
In Spring 2015 the School of Social Ecology, in collaboration with the UCI Blum Center, launched a pilot program in immersive Field Study. Four students had a unique opportunity to do fieldwork for 10 weeks on a full-time basis for an organization that concentrates on poverty alleviation and social injustice. The students were placed not just locally in Orange County, but also across the nation. Read more...