A student talks with a gentleman during a service project.

Service Learning connects the classroom with the community, enabling students to apply knowledge to real world issues and become local and global citizens striving for the common good. 

Students integrate theoretical knowledge from the classroom with hands-on experiential learning in underserved communities. Through course content, readings, class discussions, written assignments, and a service placement, students will become critically aware of the social narratives, policies and practices that hurt or harm the people we serve. Students use that critical and constructive thinking to assist with real world solutions that promote the common good.


Service Learning is hands-on work in the community that allows students to continually reflect and act toward making change, all while empowering self-directed lifelong learning.

Service Learning requires students to engage on a deeper, more significant level where they can reflect on their moral and ethical responses and then use that knowledge to help make a difference.

Service Learning in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences directly connects with the University mission. provides experiential opportunities in the community, where students will find a common humanity through the work they do while growing spiritually through a new understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.

Office of Service Learning
St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Noreen Cameron, Director
SAC Room 386
(610) 519-4602

Mary Aiello, Administrative Assistant
SAC Room 385
(610) 519-4602


Research proves service-learning improves students' personal efficacy, learning outcomes, commitment to service, moral development, leadership and communications.