Students & Service-Learning
Find out what courses offer Service-Learning this quarter!
The list of Service-Learning courses for the current quarter is linked on the top of our home page. Please stop in Mary Gates Hall 171 or email with any questions or to make an appointment.
Service-learning is a learning experience that combines service with the community with structured preparation and reflection opportunities. Service opportunities are tied to academic coursework and address concerns that are identified and articulated by the community. As students engage in service-learning, they learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as community members.
The Carlson Center and service-learning
The Carlson Center's intention is that each service-learning experience will challenge student's assumptions, enlarge their view of the world, and invite them to further engage their intelligence and imagination while learning from and in partnership with the larger community. The Carlson Center develops and sustains opportunities and projects in community-based organizations that fulfill a community articulated need and learning opportunity while advancing student understanding of course goals and learning objectives. The Carlson Center works with faculty and instructors to develop methods for assisting students in thoughtfully integrating their community experiences into course assigments and discussions.
What are the benefits of service-learning?
- First-hand experience with economic, social, cultural, and political contexts and factors that shape concepts addressed in course work.
- Greater depth of understanding by connecting course work to the issues and concerns in the community.
- Opportunities to learn from community leaders and practitioners.
- Opportunities to contribute to the mission and/or purpose of an organization through service.
- Understanding how the non-profit, government or educational sector functions.
Student Forms and Information
Browse through previous Service-Learning courses that have been arranged with support from the Carlson Center since 2003.
Service-Learning Acknowledgment of Risk Form
This form must be signed and returned to the Carlson Center before any student can begin volunteering at a site for a service-learning course.
For students seeking to arrange their own service-learning site "self-placement" (outside of those listed for your course)... 1) Read the guidelines below; 2) Complete theService-Learning Self Placement form and ask the course instructor to email it to email@example.com with their approval.
*If you are in the CSL Program through the School of Social Work, you should complete the customized CSL Self-Placement form.
Consider the following SELF-PLACEMENT GUIDELINES prior to seeking instructor approval:
- The student must already have a relationship with the organization as a volunteer.
- The volunteer work must meet the learning goals and objectives of the course.
- The student must fill out the Self-Placement form completely and email it to their instructor.
- The Carlson Center will ONLY accept forms from instructors after their approval.
- No forms will be accepted directly from students-- they MUST go through the course instructor.