Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)


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Service-Learning at Loyola University Maryland

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What Service-Learning is:

Service-learning combines academic study and community service to enhance students' learning. It offers students the exciting opportunity to learn about almost any subject in the arts, business, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences by engaging in service as part of their normal coursework. Essential components of service-learning include: learning and service that enhance one another; reciprocal partnership with the community; and meaningful, structured reflection that help students connect their service experiences in the course with the central ideas, hypotheses, theories and methods they are studying.

How it Works:

• Faculty choose community partners for their service-learning courses based on what kinds of service environments connect to the content of the course.  

• Service-learning may be optional or required of all students in a course, depending on the educational, curricular and logistical preferences and needs of the instructor, department, and community partners involved.

• Students in service-learning courses generally serve for about 20 hours per semester, or 2 hours per week for 10 weeks.  

• Students can serve via site-based service, such as serving food at a meal program, project-based service, such as creating a promotional video for a partner organization, or a combination of both, depending on the needs of the partner and the objectives of the course.

Benefits of Service-Learning:

Service-learning courses at Loyola contribute to those undergraduate educational aims which promote Jesuit values of justice, diversity, leadership and social responsibility. They challenge students to learn firsthand about their Baltimore community, in addition to democracy, diversity, justice, civil society, social responsibility, leadership and critical thinking.  Service-learning students have opportunities for personal growth, faith development, improved social and communication skills, job training, and exposure to an array of diverse perspectives that exist beyond the confines of campus life.