What is Service-Learning?


For their service-learning project students in the Building Materials and System course, taught by Dr. Seonghoon Kim, participate in building a home for Habitat for Humanity.

Service-learning is a “for-credit” educational experience. Learning through service enables students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs. Faculty-guided reflection and assessment, combined with community partner enrichment, helps students gain a deeper understanding of course content, develop their sense of self-efficacy, and build their future as active citizens.

Office of Leadership and Community Engagement provides resources to help faculty, students and community partners build meaningful, constructive, rewarding service-learning projects.

These resources include:

  • Information on Community Partners
  • Service-Learning Facilitators
  • Help selecting appropriate partners and developing syllabi

Dr. Nancy Shumaker, retired Professor and former director of Georgia Southern’s Center for International Studies, works with the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement to develop service-learning and alternative break opportunities abroad. Faculty and students with an interest in study-abroad courses with a service-learning element are encouraged to contact Dr. Shumaker.

Last updated: 10/20/2016

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