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Service-Learning & Academic Course Connections

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Loyola students can engage the community in their classwork in the following ways.

Service-learning integrates community service with academic coursework, making community service, in effect, an additional textbook in the class. Community partners become co-educators, teaching students about community, diversity, justice, and social responsibility, and faculty integrate these lessons with their course aims, aided by ongoing personal and in-class reflection activities. Click here to find a list of currently offered service-learning classes.

Ultimately, community service enhances the course learning, and in turn, the course learning helps students be of service to the community.

Service-learning takes various forms at Loyola. Courses may have service-learning mandatory for all students (designated SL) or as an option that students may choose to undertake (designated SO). Service may take place off campus at the service site, or may be undertaken as a class project defined by the community partner.

For example, introductory Sociology courses combine the academic study of sociology with a 20-hour service experience at homeless shelters, schools, or other agencies; an upper-division Finance course assigns students to serve as “consultants” for the Govanstowne Business Association, where teams of students surveys business owners along York Road, developing a report and recommendations for how the business association might support the expansion of these particular businesses.

Other courses use service-learning to help students understand issues including immigration, hunger, homelessness, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, youth education and mentoring, adult education and job placement, sustainability, and disability.

Find service-learning designated courses on Webadvisor by locating the drop-down box labeled “course type” and choosing ‘service-learning’ or ‘service-learning optional.”

One-time service activities may also be effectively incorporated into academic coursework. Faculty interested in incorporating one-time service activities can get more information about the one-time, weekly, and group service opportunities offered by CCSJ, including a calendar of events. Interested faculty can also contact Kate Figiel-Miller, Assistant Director of Service-Learning, for more information.

We are also developing other service-learning opportunities for both students and faculty. Please contact Kate Figiel-Miller or Dr. Jean Lee Cole, Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, with ideas or questions.