Academic Courses

BIOL 187: HIV-AIDS: Science, Society and Service

The molecular biology of HIV infection, the biochemistry of antiviral interventions, and the causes and impact of the global HIV-AIDS pandemic, including the interrelationships among HIV-AIDS, prejudice, race, and stigma. Includes a community service project in partnership with a local AIDS organization.

For more information, please contact Professor Haushalter at

CSCI 124: User Interface Design (Professor Jim Boerkoel)

This course is an introduction into both human-computer interaction and user-centered design. It is for students interested in designing computer systems that are both useful and usable for solving real-world problems. You will learn about four core principles of user-centric design: user and task analysis (needs finding), ideation, prototyping, and user testing (iterative refinement). Additionally, we will discuss the latest advances in cognitive and social psychology, HCI, UX technologies, and graphic design in an attempt to answer the questions:

  • Who is your user?
  • What makes for a natural, intuitive user experience?
  • What makes design beautiful?
  • What are our ethical and social responsibilities as designers?

Through a series of design investigations, you will work in teams to design applications that solve real problems facing our local community in a way that uniquely caters to specific user groups. In partnership with the newly established Hixon Center, this semester’s design theme will be Sustainable Environmental Design. Students will work with the Hixon Center to identify local experts and organizations that will help them understand the environmental challenges and needs faced by local community members. Teams will have the opportunity to present their designs at Claremont’s Earth Day Celebration and will compete in a design challenge that will be judged by local community members and experts in environmental sustainability.

For more information, please contact Professor Boerkoel at

HSA 179A: Social and Ethical Issues in Community Engagement

The overarching goal of this course is to provide students with a venue for thinking about the many social and ethical issues associated with community engagement. We will (1) use self-reflection to analyze, interpret, and make sense of student experiences in the field; and (2) articulate a clarified ethical framework by examining personal values, beliefs, and responsibilities in light of lessons learned in the field. Assignments will consist of reflective writing, in-class discussions, and public presentations. This 1-unit course meets once per week for 75-minutes. Enrolled students must have an active community engagement commitment (e.g., a volunteer position or a co-curricular activity like Science Bus) of at least one hour per week. If you are interested in the course but do not have a placement, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at

For more information, please contact Professor Mashek at or Gabriela Gamiz at

POST 179: Bicycle Revolution (Professor Paul Steinberg)

This course explores the challenge of creating bike-friendly cities, using this as a window into broader themes surrounding the politics of urban change.  Each week we will ride along local bike routes, meeting with officials and advocacy groups from nearby cities, in addition to longer field trips on two Saturdays.  Course readings will draw on urban planning, political science, comparative public policy, urban sociology, public health, and cultural geography. The course is designed for students from all backgrounds and levels of biking experience. Capstone projects will offer analysis, design proposals, or other original contributions of value to community leaders.  Enrollment by permission of instructor.

For more information, please contact Professor Steinberg at

RLST 155: Religion, Ethics and Social Practice

How do our beliefs, models of moral reasoning and communities of social interaction relate to one another? To what extent do factors such as class, culture and ethnicity determine our assumptions about the human condition and the development of our own human sensibilities? Discussion and three- to six-hour-per-week placement with poor or otherwise marginalized persons in the Pomona Valley.

(Napier course offered at Pomona College, intergenerational, community engagement).

For additional information about the Napier course or how to enroll, please contact Professor Haushalter at or Gabriela Gamiz at