Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department


The writing department offers a number of courses that include service-learning components. Service-learning courses allow students and instructors to collaborate with local organizations to bring about positive change in our community. Community members, students, and instructors often work with Loyola's Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) to serve the needs of Baltimore and Maryland. In this way, the Writing Department supports the university's mission of social justice and helping to form "men and women for others."

Students may take writing courses listed as "service-learning" (SL) or courses listed as "service-learning optional" (SO). Courses listed as "service-learning" dedicate the entire subject matter and classwork to the service-learning project. Service-learning optional courses contain elements of service-learning, such as one or two projects where students collaborate with community members. For more information on service-learning at Loyola, please visit the CCSJ website.

The following writing courses are generally offered as service-learning or service-learning optional (please note that not all sections of these courses offer service-learning):

  • WR100, Effective Writing
  • WR305, Writing for the Web
  • WR320, Art of Argument
  • WR323, Writing Center Theory and Practice
  • WR327, Civic Literacy
  • WR325, Rhetoric of Professional Writing
  • WR326, Technical Writing
  • WR353, Biography and Autobiography

Course Projects and Student Work

End the Wait Now Campaign

The link below will take you to a service-learning project that sections of WR320, Art of Argument contribute to - The Arc Maryland "End the Wait Now Campaign." Students collaborate with Maryland residents who require assistance with their special needs family members. Loyola's WR320 class created the video profiles for Gabby and Ofek: "End the Wait Now Campaign."

Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association

Students from WR220, Introduction to Rhetoric; WR325, Rhetoric of Professional Writing; WR326, Technical Writing; and WR387, Special Topics in Professional Writing have worked with the Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association (RSNA) to develop meeting signs and a new website to boost civic capacity: Richnor Springs Website.

Writing students have also completed direct service with RSNA by working on lot and block clean up days. Here are pictures from the fall 2013 vacant lot clean up day, and here are pictures from the spring 2014 block clean up day.

The Baltimore Reads Gazette

Students from WR100, Effective Writing partner with Baltimore Reads to cultivate an urban garden and write about their experiences: 

The Baltimore Reads Gazette Vol. 3.1

Loyola Writing Center Bridges Program

In celebration of raising his GPA by almost an entire point, Loyola lacrosse players Jason Crane (left) and Alek Klincewicz (right) met with local Baltimore high school student and lacrosse enthusiast Kevin Ingram (center) to talk about college and college lacrosse. Kevin participates every week in the Loyola Writing Center service-learning program, LWC/Bridges, where he is tutored by a writing center tutor.

Loyola writing center service learning students with Baltimore high school student