Student Benefits

Students report that Service-Learning helps them understand course material much better than courses not featuring this component.

Service-Learning Contact

“I read and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”

– Confucius

Service-Learning allows students to do, in other words, to apply the skills or concepts from a course into practice. This learning by doing is the basis for an increased understanding of course concepts.

To participate in Service-Learning follow these easy steps:

  1. Find a Service-Learning course in the Class Schedule. Look for a course that has the words “Service-Learning Option. The instructor will offer a Service-Learning option to interested students for the above section..”
    Or, check the Service-Learning Courses page to see a list of classes that typically offer the Service-Learning component.
  2. When enrolled, discuss the Service-Learning component with the instructor. (Read the class syllabus, first.)
  3. Communicate your interest with the Service-Learning Contact Nicholas Miller.
  4. Attend one of the posted Service-Learning Orientations.

Service-Learning Objectives for Students

Participating in Service-Learning gives students the opportunity to:

  • emphasize active learning in a real world environment.
  • link academic study to community service through structured reflection.
  • experience the relationship between theory and practice in a meaningful, hands-on way.
  • engage in valuable service benefiting the community.
  • develop skills such as problem solving, leadership and social interaction.


  • apply new course skills and information.
  • support social justice and healthy communities.
  • participate in job networks.
  • explore new career paths.
  • acquire notation of completion on their official transcripts. (Such notations are considered positive recognition to transfer institutions and future employers.)

Placement and Tips

Service-Learning courses will require students to perform (a semester total) 15-20 hours of community service.

  • Placement will vary with the course in which the students is enrolled and the option that the instructor provides.
  • Review the instructor’s Service-Learning requirements (usually in the course syllabus).
  • Review the placements that have been used on the Service-Learning Courses page. Additional ideas are listed on the Courses and Community Connections page.
  • Online courses may also provide online Service-Learning projects. Ask your online instructor about these options.
  • Find a Service-Learning option that is of interest, and is convenient to successfully complete the required commitment.

Service-Learning solidifies the connections between classroom education and community service. Students apply real world experiences in course concepts, information, perspectives and theories. Unlike internships and volunteer work, Service-Learning makes the connections clear by joining theory and practice. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to become a citizen-leader as they work to meet a community need.