Student Doing Community Service Work with Children

Service Learning For Students

Some students are required to do service as part of their scholarship or service learning. To fulfill those requirements, their instructor or CCS can meet with students in the first month of the semester to find a site that meets their specific course needs or scholarship requirements. If a student comes in the last 6 weeks of classes, there is no guarantee that students will be placed with a site.

What are the benefits of Service Learning?

Service-learning is a process through which students are involved in community work that contributes significantly to:

  • Positive change in individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, and/or larger systems in a community;

  • Students’ academic understanding, civic development, personal or career growth, and/or understanding of larger social issues;

Even with an expanded vision for the field, service-learning will undoubtedly continue to play a critical role in campus-community collaboration.

Charity to Change, by Minnesota Campus Compact (2002)

Additional Benefits

  • Builds your resume

  • Develops job skills by getting hands on experience and networking opportunities

  • Helps you to explore other interests and find skills you did not know you had
  • Builds friendship and community

Service Sites and Documents

For a list of partner agencies to complete your hours, please visit the Service and Partnership (LINK) area of this site.

For Service Hour Logs, Service Learning Contracts, or other documents you may need, please visit the Forms, Applications and Documents (LINK) area of this site.

Courses with Service Learning Requirements

* As of Spring 2017, below are some available service learning courses. The courses are subject to change based on the professor.

**All descriptions are taken directly from the 2016-2017 Course Catalog.

HPE 214 PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND WELLNESS (3)

An introduction to the theories and concepts of health, health education, and wellness that guide the practice of professionals in the field. Also examines the role of the professional in a variety of health and wellness work settings through service hours in the urban, suburban, and rural districts of the county. Students will be introduced to the professional arena by becoming a member in both the student and national professional organization and participating in service learning.

Prerequisites: HPE 158 and either HPE 210 or EDU 115. Each semester

HIS 271/371 UNITED STATES WOMEN'S HISTORY (3) 

The course examines the way in which women have shaped the American past and the ways in which large historical forces have influenced women’s lives. (Those students taking the course as HIS 371 will be required to write a major research paper, in addition to other required writings. Students may elect to take it at one level, but not both.) Spring, annually.

LDR 201 ENGAGED LEADERSHIP (3) 

This course aims to help students think critically about what makes for successful leaders and conscientious followers in group settings. Students will focus on making ethical decisions as leaders, problem solving difficult issues and situations, creating shared meaning, resolving conflict within groups, collaborating with others, and maximizing group effectiveness. The course also allows students to examine how knowledge, attitude, and awareness of themselves as a leader influences group behavior.

Prerequisite: LDR 101. Fall, annually.

SOC 150 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3) 

An introduction to sociology with an emphasis on basic concepts and theoretical perspectives, and their application to an understanding of social institutions, processes, and inequalities. Each semester.

SOC 270 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3) 

A sociological analysis of the social problems confronting contemporary societies, particularly the United States, and the processes by which they become identified as social problems. Each semester.

PSY 201 PSYCHOLOGY CORNERSTONE (1)

This course is an introduction to the psychology major. The class will provide an overview of APA-style writing, service learning, interviewing skills, subfields of psychology, career opportunities, journal article reading, and psychological research.

Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: PSY 153. Spring, annually.

PSY/SOC 401 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3) 

An examination of social interactions, the impact of the group on the individual and the impact of the individual on the group. Focus is on interpersonal behavior and feelings – liking, love, aggression, conformity, communications and attitude formation and change. Same as SOC 401. Annually, Spring.

 

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