2018-2019 Catalog

Service-Learning — Education in Action

Students involved in Service-Learning spend a set number of hours working in community organizations as part of their coursework. Service-Learning is more than traditional “volunteering” because it combines service activities with structured reflection that enhances learning. The program’s philosophy emphasizes active learning that supports the goals of engaged citizenship, reflective learning and social responsibility. Many faculty offer a Service-Learning option in their course, allowing students to contribute their skills, talents and time to address a wide range of human and societal needs while earning course credit.


Service-Learning (F-114) connects students with community service projects and opportunities for civic engagement at local non-profits, schools and government agencies. These opportunities for hands-on learning are designed by faculty and offered for credit in select courses. In these courses, students spend a set number of hours working at organizations as part of their course work. Students contribute knowledge, skills, talent and time to address community needs and reflect on the experience to deepen their understanding of a field of study and related public issues. Service-Learning courses are flagged in the Semester Schedule. Students may also participate in Service-Learning as a co-curricular experience with the Service- Learning Club. For more information and available opportunities, visit Charles Stephens in F-114 or call 413-236-1637.