ABCS FAQ's for Undergraduates

Q: How can ABCS courses help you get the most out of your Penn experience?

A: As a Penn undergraduate, you are in a position to become a future community leader. ABCS courses help students gain an understanding of their own potential and the range of career options available to them in public service. ABCS courses have helped countless students select their major, gain valuable professional skills, and address issues faced by the West Philadelphia community.

Q: What makes ABCS courses so unique?

A: While most Penn courses are held on Penn campus, ABCS courses give students the chance to partner with West Philadelphia schools and community organizations. ABCS courses involve off campus work and are very hands-on, giving students the distinct opportunity to integrate their academic and civic lives. Find out how ABCS faculty and teaching assistants maintain and organize these vital community partnerships to ensure the mutual benefit of Penn and West Philadelphia.

Q: How have students benefited from ABCS courses?

A: Many undergraduate students find that their experience in ABCS courses has a profound impact on their life and career choices. ABCS courses influence Penn students’ sense of civic responsibility as members of our society.


Q: How do ABCS partnerships benefit both undergraduates and local public school students?

A: Students from the University of Pennsylvania and from local public schools of West Philadelphia work and learn together in the context of ABCS courses. Teams of Penn and West Philadelphia student leaders have collaborated with one another to bring about positive change in the community.

Q: How do I sign up for ABCS courses?

A: You can browse and register for ABCS courses on Penn Intouch using your Pennkey and password. To find ABCS courses, use the advanced search tool and find the program labeled ABCS.

Q: What departments offer ABCS courses?

A: Many departments offer ABCS courses. Some examples include African Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, History, Math, Nursing, Physics, and Urban Studies.