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Service learning is a course-based educational experience. Students in a service learning class participate in an organized service activity in the community. Through reflecting on their community experience, students gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.

For example, students in a writing course may complete a writing project for a not-for-profit agency as part of their course work, or students in environmental science may participate in a wetlands planting project. Students in an introductory psychology course may read with children in a local elementary school, or sociology students may work with community organizations to reduce crime.

Service learning provides an opportunity for students to be actively involved in the learning process. Service experiences help to clarify career goals and develop personal competencies and leadership skills. A variety of service learning courses are offered at IUPUI, and a list can be found in the class offerings on the registrar web site: registrar.iupui.edu under “Service Learning” or by contacting the Center for Service and Learning, University College, UC3116, (317) 278-2662 or visit csl.iupui.edu.