Service-Learning enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Service Learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofits, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Service-learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities. Service-learning commonly intersects with other HIPs.

Examples of Service-Learning include:

  • Faculty working with a non-profit community partner to inform course content and to identify potential research and inquiry path
  • Students engage civically through advocacy
  • Students practice critical reflection through such activities as journal writing, group discussion, or presentations.

For resources to implement service-learning, contact& the Engaged Learning Coordinator ( and visit the Service-Learning page.