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Service Learning

The service learning program at La Salle supports the Service Learning Advisory Board, vets service learning courses, sponsors reading cohorts, creates and sustains community partnerships, coordinates the Student Accompaniment In Learning (SAIL) position, and organizes complementary programming.

Fall 2019 Service Learning Courses:

  • Communication 407: Public Relations Management (Smith)
  • Leadership & Global Understanding 200: Introduction to Leadership & Global Understanding (Carr-Lemke)
  • Marketing 401-21: Marketing Research (Pierce)
  • Social Work 160: Introduction to Social Work (All instructors)

Spring 2019 Service Learning Courses:

  • Communication 387: Public Relations Cases and Campaigns (Smith)
  • Communication 407: Public Relations Management (Smith)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders 203: Language Development (Bitteti)
  • Marketing 401-21: Marketing Research (Pierce)
  • Social Work 160: Introduction to Social Work (All instructors)

What service learning is:

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that provides students with the opportunity to practice, perform, and observe the theories and practical applications of academic course content through service in the community.  The service learning experience is processed through structured and on-going reflection through a mix of writing, reading, speaking, and listening, individually and in groups.  Service learning is most effective when there is a sustained commitment throughout the semester and when the service experience addresses community-identified needs.

What service learning is not:

Service learning is sometimes confused with volunteering or community service, however they differ in important ways. Service learning is designed to simultaneously meet course-specific educational goals and community-identified needs, in contrast to community service which tends to focus more on the latter.

Service learning is not a stand-alone activity or an “add-on” to a course; its goals are inextricably connected to course content and are intended to bring subject matter to life in ways that are difficult to achieve inside of the classroom.

Service learning is also confused at times with other forms of community service, such as internships and practicum assignments. While all may involve service, service learning differs in that its focus is not on building skills for the purpose of developing professional skills or training for a particular career.

How is service learning distinct from other types of community-based learning?


How do I teach a Service Learning course at La Salle?
A checklist for faculty teaching Service Learning courses at La Salle
Approved Service Learning Courses
Course Approval Process at La Salle
Service Learning Advisory Board Bylaws
Inside-Out Courses
Our Community Partners
A Service Learning bibliography