India: Social Development and Sustainable Living

Clayton Walton
Clayton WaltonInstructor
Clayton L. Walton has spent the last 19 years designing student development initiatives that challenge participants to intentionally engage their college experience. As the Executive Director of Globally Engaged Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Clayton promotes a holistic student development philosophy that informs the design and implementation of his coursework, study away programs and co-curricular initiatives.

This 3-credit India travel course allows students to critically examine the inner workings of a unique group of urban public organizations striving for social change. Participants have an opportunity to engage non-profit leaders, stakeholders, and members of the communities they serve. One of the primary goals of this initiative is to explore various forms of grassroots community leadership within India with the intent of understanding how communities can effectively create programs that address their needs.


India & Nepal

Program Dates

Travel Date: December 17 – 30, 2024 (tentative)

Who Can Participate

  • Rutgers undergraduate students who have:
    • completed 12+ credits
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Rutgers graduate students

No previous knowledge of any language other than English is required in order to apply for this program.

Related Areas of Study

  • Women and Gender Issues
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Community Resilience

Important Note: This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from all majors and professions to participate. All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied to their program requirements and degree completion.

Course Code:

Students self-register in Webreg and choose the following course:

  • Issues in Social Work | 21:910:347 * | Section 2
    • M – 11:30pm-12:50pm
    • Dana Library, 3rd Floor, MAC Lab

*Special permission numbers to register will be sent upon acceptance into course*


India Syllabus

The linked Syllabus is from previous years. All accepted students will receive an updated one closer to the course start date.

Packing List:

India Packing List

The linked packing list is from previous years. All accepted students will receive an updated one closer to the course start date.



Travel and Visa Information:

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the program’s end date.

Visa: All U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as a valid Indian visa or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, to enter and exit India for any purpose.

Pre-Departure Resources:

US State Department

Center for Disease Control.


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