Make an early impact with solution-based learning
At Arizona State University, we believe you can make a difference whether you're in school or working in your field. ASU’s charter refers to “advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming the fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” This means addressing the world’s most pressing problems.
For undergraduate students in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, serving communities includes a solution-based learning requirement. Students choose and complete an approved solution-based learning course related to a public service issue. Rather than learning concepts through textbooks, solution-based learning courses allow students to gain practical experience through hands-on activities. Approved solution-based learning courses include the Community Solutions Co-op, internships, community impact labs and other opportunities. Your solution-based learning course allows you to make an impact from day one.
How solution-based learning prepared one student to fight domestic violence
We talked with an ASU Online criminal justice and criminology student about her solution-based learning experience. Brenda Melchor knew immediately that she’d focus on ending domestic violence. A survivor herself, Melchor knows the seriousness of this public service issue.
A combination of personal experience and witnessing the current climate of the U.S. criminal justice system sparked Melchor’s passion for criminology. Questions about what factors lead criminals to commit violent acts and how to protect victims and survivors keep her up at night. Inspired by her faculty, Melchor wants to contribute to community solutions on this topic.
“Those educated in criminology and criminal justice have a long history of achieving meaningful breakthroughs, and I want to lead the next generation of breakthroughs,” said Melchor.
Melchor chose a hands-on internship to meet her solution-based learning requirement. Read more about her experience below.