University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education

Educational Initiatives

Undergraduate Education (UE) pilots and evaluates initiatives to promote undergraduate student success across the campus. Initiatives have included a wide array of student and faculty activities, such as Undergraduate Research in the Community, faculty-led Summer Study Abroad (now in the Office of International Affairs), academic internships, student-initiated R’Courses, upper-level capstone experiences, Summer Sustainability, and the Global Issues Forum.

Community-Engaged Learning

The Office of Undergraduate Education is partnering with Student Life, the Graduate School of Education, the Career Center, Riverside Unified School District, and The Community Foundation to expand and track opportunities for students to get involved in community service, service learning through courses, community academic internships, and community-based research. Please contact Beth Claassen Thrush (951-827-7739) with questions or email

Spring 2017 courses with a service learning component embedded include:

  • EDUC 100A: Tutorial Teaching - Community Outreach
  • EDUC 160: Cognitive Development and Education
  • ANTH 160: Political Economy of Health
  • BUS 117: Advertising
  • HNPG 002B (A new course called "Engaging Riverside."  This course is designed to be very selective (no more than 20 student leaders) and will provide students with an opportunity for personal connections with leaders from across Riverside, as well as hands-on service with community organizations (approximately 2 hours/week). 
  • Departmental 198i courses are available in many departments for students who wish to reflect academically on a community internship and receive academic credit.


R’Courses are 1 unit, S/NC offerings facilitated by UCR undergraduate students. Each course has a faculty instructor of record who provides mentoring and support behind the scenes. They are designed to develop leadership skills, innovate the undergraduate curriculum, and promote democratic, experiential education on campus. The Office of Undergraduate Education works with the R’Course Governing Board to review R’Course proposals, coordinate course activities with academic departments, facilitate student recruitment, and provide student facilitator training. For more information about R’Courses, please contact Beth Claassen Thrush (951-827-7739).

Global Issues Forum

A growing number of UCR students from across all disciplines want to know more about current issues impacting communities around the globe.  The Global Issues Forum provides a space for students and faculty to work together on common goals of internationalizing the curriculum and integrating international experiences with academic experiences.  In its inaugural year, the Global Issues Forum has hosted events highlighting immigration, the European economic crisis, and gender equity.  For more information about the Global Issues Forum, please contact Jared Dobbins (Coordinator, Special Programs) at or 951.827.7384.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
1100 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745