Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning integrates academic learning with community service, connecting course-based learning with real-world experiences with community partners.


Community Engaged Learning integrates academic learning with community service, connecting course-based learning with real-world experiences with community partners.

Community Engaged Learning combines community partnerships with academic instruction and critical reflection to create a rich and deep learning experience for students as they transform communities and come to understand what civic engagement and social responsibility means in the 21st century.

Available as a minor or undergraduate certificate.

At a Glance

Degree options
Undergraduate certificate


At Mount Allison, the Community Engaged Learning program provides opportunities to participate in service learning in conjunction with your academic program.

The program places you in community settings as a required element of academic courses or a voluntary co-curricular placement where you'll work with others to address a community-identified need.

This interdisciplinary program helps students build on expertise that they develop in their main area of study, incorporating a range of courses in a number of disciplines.

Students learn how to:

  • navigate complex community histories and contexts
  • recognize the importance of equity and diversity
  • collaborate with community partners
  • explore your own personal values in relation to social justice

Students progress through the program participating in sustained partnerships, such as with:

  • local K-12 schools
  • environmental organizations
  • non-profits dedicated to working with marginalized groups

Community Engaged Learning is also complementary by exploring connections with numerous subjects, including:

  • Canadian arts and culture
  • community planning research
  • gender, culture, and identity
  • Indigenous studies
  • philosophy and ethics
  • religious studies
  • sociology of communities

The program combines both theoretical and applied learning by requiring practicum courses in areas of the student's design.

Community Engaged Learning is available as:

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?


R-PEACE non-traditional classroom, a space that supports students' development as engaged citizens of their communities.


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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths in community engaged learning include:

  • education
  • outdoor environmental educator
  • community development
  • municipal recreation
  • early childhood education
  • social and economic development


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Community Engaged Learning has provided me with unparalleled, hands-on experience working with the Tantramar community. This faculty is unique to others, as it redefines post-secondary education by placing students in an active role in their learning. Community Engaged Learning has empowered me as an individual, a student and as a member of the larger Tantramar community. This once in a lifetime learning experience is not one to be missed.

Honours Sociology, minors in Community Engaged Learning and Psychology
Stewiacke, NS



R-PEACE (Research Partnerships for Education and Community Engagement)

Founded by four Mount Allison faculty members, R-PEACE is a centre for engaged learning that creates meaningful connections between Mount Allison University and the local communities of Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin, Memramcook, Amherst, and others.

R-PEACE has a dedicated research space on campus located in Hart Hall, created as a space for flexible and project-based learning with space to collaborate and invite the community.


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for persona growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for the Bachelor of Arts; however, a minor in Community Engaged Learning can be combined with any degree.

Academic Awards


Mount A is #2 in student awards

Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second in student and faculty awards in its latest University Rankings. To date, 56 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records in Canada.

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