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Center for Experiential Learning

For Students

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is experiential learning that connects classroom content to community action. It provides an opportunity for you to make the most out of your academic experience...while making a difference.  Service-learning is a high impact learning practice that takes you beyond our campus and into Chicago’s communities in partnership with community-based organizations. 

Loyola features approximately 50 service-learning courses each semester in many departments and majors to help you meet Loyola’s engaged learning requirement.  All Loyola undergraduates are required to complete at least one Engaged Learning course totaling at least three credit hours prior to graduation.  View current course offerings at Service-Learning Courses: Spring 2015.  

In a service-learning course, students are asked to serve 20-40 hours in a community setting that connects meaningfully with course content.   Students are expected to complete assignment(s) that demonstrate learning connections between the classroom and community.  Service-learning opportunities enable you to develop academic, personal, professional, and civic skills that a traditional class might not.  

To learn more about service-learning, view the video below.

The Center for Experiential Learning serves as a resource for students in all aspects of the service-learning process.  Whether you are trying to decide which course is right for you, find an appropriate volunteer position in connection with a service-learning class, or looking to publish and share the results of your community-engaged coursework, the CEL is here to help!  Most of our student resources can be found on our Service-Learning 101 student resource site.

Service-learning is practice for democratic participation, and it is democratic participation while you are still a student.  Service-learning is a great way to answer Loyola's call to serve humanity, be a person for others, set the world on fire!  Consider enrolling in one of Loyola's many service-learning courses!

For more information, read answers to frequently asked questions about service-learning at Loyola.

Watch this video to learn more about getting started on the service-learning journey....