What exactly is service learning? Why should I take a service learning course?
Benefits of Service Learning for students
- Increase your understanding of the class topic
- Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job
- Explore or cement your values and beliefs
- Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefs
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
- Learn more about social issues and their root causes
- Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change;
become more flexible
- Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of
communication, collaboration, and leadership
- Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career
path, or learn more about a field that interests you
- Connect with professionals and community members who you will
- Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again
later for jobs or internships
- Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation
- Enriches student learning
of course material
and “brings books to life and life to books.”
- Engages students in active learning
that demonstrates the relevance
and importance of academic work for their life experience
and career choices.
- Increases awareness of current societal issues as they
relate to academic areas of interest.
- Broadens perspectives
of diversity issues and enhances critical
- Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly
viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres.
- Develops civic responsibility through active