Students are immersed within the vibrant, urban community of City Heights in PLNU's Community Classroom program. 

Community Classroom

Typical courses offered include Christian Formation & Ministry, Christian Tradition, Elementary Spanish, Ethics, Life of Holiness, and Race & Ethnicity.

Community Classroom offers three opportunities: Classroom in Context (live on campus and commute to City Heights weekly for class), Immersion Program (relocate to City Heights for the semester), and a Certificate in Intercultural Engagement.

“Community Classroom is great! I enjoyed experiencing a learning environment that was different than any I’ve ever known. I loved the participation we had in the community of City Heights, experiencing how, despite our differences, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Connor Hensley, Class of 2016

Classroom in Context

The Classroom in Context program is designed for students who want to take one or more courses in a multicultural context while continuing to live on campus or commute. By traveling locally, you can experience the world while integrating academics, faith, and hands-on learning. Every class incorporates service learning, neighborhood exploration, monthly dinners, and a common book in the syllabus requirements. We encourage students to truly engage in City Heights and learn from the people of the neighborhood.

Below is a list of the courses offered for the 2018 fall semester:

  • CHU 395 (Section 5) – The Christian Tradition (Monday, 1:30 – 4 p.m.)
    Mark Mann, Ph.D.

  • CMI 155 (Section 1) – Christian Formation & Ministry (Tuesday, 3 – 5:30 p.m.)
    Mark Maddix, Ph.D.

  • PHL 211 (Section 2) – Ethics (Tuesday, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
    Mark Wright, Ph.D.

  • SOC 360 (Section 2) – Race and Ethnicity (Monday, 3 – 5:45 p.m.)
    Kevin Modesto, Ph.D.

  • SPA 101 (Section 11) – Elementary Spanish I (Monday and Thursday, 3:15 – 5:05 p.m.)
    Jacque Mitchell, Ph.D.

  • THE 306 (Section 1) – Life of Holiness (Thursday, 3 – 5:30 p.m.)
    Ron Benefiel, Ph.D. and Melissa Tucker, M.A.

Each course requires participation in at least 2 of 4 monthly dinner events. Dates to be announced in class.
Community Classroom courses are noted in course listings with CITY, and you may register during your regular registration time each semester.

Certificate in Intercultural Engagement

The Certificate in Intercultural Engagement is designed for students who want part of their academic experience to include a focused engagement in a multicultural setting that will nurture their Christian formation academically and vocationally. Students who participate in the semester-long full immersion program are automatically eligible to receive the certificate.

Students opting to take individual courses must complete the following to receive the certificate:

1. Six units from the following Community Classroom courses when offered in City Heights, with a minimum of 3 units unique to the certificate (i.e., cannot count as a major or general education course):

  • CHU395 – The Christian Tradition (3)
  • CMI155 – Christian Formation & Ministry (3)
  • CMI350 – Church as a Witness to the World (3)
  • CMI420 – Compassionate Ministry in Local Context (3)
  • PHL211 – Ethics (3)
  • SOC360 – Race & Ethnicity (3)
  • SPA101 – Elementary Spanish I (4)
  • SPA102 – Elementary Spanish II (4)
  • THE306 – Life of Holiness (3)

2. Ten hours of co-curricular service learning are built into each Community Classroom course. A total of 20 hours are required for the certificate.

For questions related to the Community Classroom program, please email communityclassroom@pointloma.edu.