In service-learning courses, students spend time partnering with community organizations learning from and with community members while contributing to the community sites’ work. The community component is tied to course goals and objectives, and focuses on critical reflection, civic responsibility, local community needs and the enhancement of academic skills. Service-learning is a form of experiential teaching that combines classroom learning with participation within the broader community.
Community Work and Learning partners with a number of academic departments on campus to offer service-learning courses. Currently, there are four different types of ways students engage in community through a course: one time service-learning, ongoing service-learning, immersion-based learning, and project-based service-learning. Community Work and Learning staff work with each faculty member to determine best fit for their course(s).