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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

CHSS in the Community

Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute

LAS Institute

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute for Research and Community Service, founded at Rowan University in 1993, serves to enhance faculty research and foster partnerships with local communities.  The Institute strives to promote a campus culture among faculty and students that revolves around civic responsibility and community engagement.  The Institute is a coordinating office for projects involving service to the region, state, and nation.  The LAS Institute's mission includes: 1) identifying, encouraging, and facilitating research and community service that draw upon the knowledge, skills, and imagination of the CHSS faculty, with university-wide collaboration welcome; and 2) providing professional services to assist in problem-solving and fulfilling specific training/technical assistance needs of organizations and social services agencies in the region and state.  To this end, the Institute works hand in hand with community groups and leaders to improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents.

Geography & Environment

The Geography & Environment Department is actively engaged in the community through its partnerships and research activities. Due to their efforts, Rowan University is proud to be the home of the New Jersey Geographic Education Alliance and host the annual New Jersey Geography Bee.  Additionally, Geography & Environment faculty, staff and students are involved in several projects related to sustainability in our region.  One ongoing study, Changing Landscapes in the Garden State, focuses on land use development patterns in New Jersey over a period spanning several decades.  Current projects include facilities mapping for the New Jersey Army National Guard and a Geraldine Dodge Foundation funded project to develop online mapping for assisting local sustainability initiatives and environmental management.

CHSS Internships

Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to hands-on experiences in their field of study. CHSS values the integration of internships into undergraduate education. Information for students and employers can be found on our Internships page.