Service Learning Courses
Course offerings designated SL in the catalog indicate classes or sections of classes that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. The SL designation helps faculty advisers and students identify service learning courses to plan and prepare for registration. Quinnipiac University is a member of Connecticut Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a national coalition of college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service-learning in higher education.
Service learning is not volunteerism; nor is it an internship. Service learning is a curriculum-based initiative bringing together faculty, students and community organizations. Service Learning courses incorporate the following basic principles:
- Engagement is fostered through service projects with a community partner.
- Reflection on the experience of working on the community project is both an academic and personal process.
- Reciprocity is promoted by addressing real community needs.
- Dissemination means that previous courses serve as models of best practices for new courses.
The purpose is to assist community organizations by providing situation-specific student resources in activities consistent with the goals of a specific course. Through Service Learning, community organizations are more able to meet their objectives, faculty are more able to demonstrate key course concepts, and students are more able to relate course theory with actual situations and practices. For details, see the Unique Learning Opportunities section of the website.
A Service Learning Certificate is available to students who complete three or more Service Learning designated courses or two courses plus a learning experience.