Stanford students make a real-world difference through Cardinal Courses

Stanford offers undergraduate students the opportunity to integrate rigorous coursework with real-world service experience  in more than 160 Cardinal Courses, ranging in size from small seminars to larger lecture classes.

Whether learning advanced writing techniques, key concepts of social science research, or the intricacies of new technologies, students are applying what they learn to help organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in need.

Students put research skills to work for an organization that tutors schoolchildren

Students enrolled in Communication Research Methods designed small-scale research studies for a local nonprofit organization that offers one-on-one tutoring to children.

Students use technology to address poverty and inequality

Students enrolled in Ending Poverty with Technology explored answers to the question: Can we harness new technologies to reduce poverty and inequality?

Students collaborate with community groups in Farmers, Scientists, Activists

Students enrolled in Farmers, Scientists, Activists: Public Discourse on Food Economies acted as consultants, writers, interviewers, project managers, team members and citizens while collaborating with community groups during the winter quarter course.