Community and Public Service Program

The Community and Public Service Program (CPSP) is administered by the School of Social Welfare, providing students with opportunities to engage with public, non-profit, and campus organizations in exchange for elective credits. Settings include healthcare, social services, state government, social action, to name a few. With more than 400 organizations to choose from, CPSP offers a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in community service. 

Students may enroll in R SSW 290 Community Service I, which requires 100 hours of service for 3 credits, graded S/U, or R SSW 291 Human Service in the Community which requires 60 hours of service for 2 credits, graded S/U.  For those who have taken R SSW 290, it is possible to enroll in R SSW 390 Community Service II which is graded A/E and requires 100 hours of service for 3 credits, along with advanced academic requirements. 

The CPSP service learning experience positively influences the capacities of public and non-profit organizations in the Capital Region.   In addition, CPSP courses help students integrate their service experience with future academic and career goals.  The CPSP staff is available to help students select an appropriate placement and to assist them in satisfactorily completing the course requirements.  Each student is supervised, on-site, and the field supervisors communicate student progress directly to the CPSP Office.  For more information, visit, come by Social Sciences 112 or call 442-5683.