What is Service-Learning?
At Loyola University, service-learning refers to experiential learning within academic courses that is gained through structured reflection on community-based service. In most courses, service-learning pedagogies are combined with more traditional modes of teaching and learning. Essential components of service-learning include: learning and service, which enhance one another; reciprocal partnership with the community; and meaningful, structured reflection.
Service-learning courses at Loyola intentionally contribute to those Undergraduate Educational Aims which promote justice, diversity, leadership and social responsibility. These values are central to the Jesuit educational mission of Loyola University and of all Jesuit colleges and universities.
Service-learning may be optional or required of all students in a course, depending on the pedagogical, curricular and logistical preferences and needs of the instructor, department, and community partners involved.
Learn more (Word doc) about service-learning course criteria.