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Department Projects

Immersive learning brings together interdisciplinary, student-driven teams guided by faculty mentors to create high-impact learning experiences.

Through immersive learning, students earn credit for working collaboratively with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges.

Access to Justice Clinic

Professor Brad Gideon’s Legal Studies Program’s Access to Justice Clinic places students with a wide range of community partners to provide legal support services to underserved populations in the community and state.

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Students work directly with clients, attorneys, paralegals, case managers, and court personnel to help those in need of legal services.

Students help represent those in domestic violence situations, senior citizens and the disabled, and children in the foster care system. Students conduct legal research, draft legal documents, interview clients, and may even testify in court.

In Spring 2017, our POLS 648 Policy Analysis class was taught as an immersive learning project that worked with the Muncie Redevelopment Commission as a community partner.

Students examined the issue of abandoned housing and developed a set of policy recommendations to mitigate the problems caused by abandoned housing in the city. Students engaged with many community stakeholders in defining the dimensions of the problem and developing policy solutions.

Learn more about the project.