What is Service Learning? Service Learning courses are three-credit courses which connect course objectives with opportunities to meet the needs of people in underserved communities or work with agencies which advocate for the poor and or care for the environment. Integration of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning in the community provides a context for critical and constructive thinking and action that promotes the common good.
The community experience also provides a context for meaningful reflection which is an essential component of service learning. Our students and faculty will learn with people who face the challenges of poverty and marginalization and those who work to protect our environment. We will transform one another through these relationships.
A Service Learning course is a concrete expression of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' commitment to values inherent in Catholic Social Teaching. The College will continue to build partnerships with agencies and schools who serve the poor and our environment so as to live out our mission to "prepare students to regard themselves as citizens living in a democratic society, as belonging to a world community, replete with communal responsibilities." —Academic Mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.