Service-Learning is an approach to education that pushes you outside the classroom to produce work of real value to a community organization as part of a course.

Examples of Service-Learning

Service-learning can happen, for example, when:

  • in a speech course, you research, write, and deliver a speech to raise money for a clean water agency
  • in a journalism course, you interview residents at a homeless shelter and write an article about them for publication
  • in a pre-health course, you work in a clinic and reflect on that experience
  • in a web design course, you design a new website for a tutoring center


When you do service-learning, you:

  • build your professional network because you work directly with people in the field
  • get to put cool stuff on your resume. Given the choice between two candidates with the same GPA, degree, and institution, a recruiter will be more interested in the one who has service learning experience.
  • get a chance to change the world in a small way
  • might learn your course material better because it's more real
  • earn course credit

How to Get It

Many courses across the university incorporate service-learning. These courses are marked with an "S" (Service-Learning) attribute in the course catalog.

Next Steps

For Nonprofits

If you represent a local nonprofit and want to know how UC can help you, visit our Service-Learning Partners page.

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Michael Sharp, Ed.D.

Service-Learning Director and Associate Professor

(513) 556-3282