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Service Learning

 
Service-Learning
 

What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is an academic program that allows students to earn credit by doing an internship in a community service organization in conjunction with their regular coursework. All placements in community service organizations are made by the Community Service Program (CSP).


There are two levels of Service Learning:

Level 1 - Interdiscplinary course in Service-Learning

The student initiates the 1-credit Service-Learning program through the Community Service Program office and then informs the professor teaching the 3-credit course to which they wish to attach the 1-credit program.

Requirements for the 1-credit program:

10% of the grade for the 1-credit comes from:
The student performs 30 hours of community service in an organization recommended by the Community Service Program office.
The students attends 5 guided reflection seminars run by the Community Service Program office.
The student sends weekly email reflections to the Community Service Program office.

90% of the grade for the 1-credit comes from:
The student writes 2 essays for the professor integrating the community service experience with the course.

Please note:
100% of the grade for the 3-credit course to which the 1-credit program is attached comes from the professor.
The 1-credit Service Learning program, and the  3-credit course to which it is attached, have different course codes, and their grades must be registered SEPARATELY.



Level 2 - Service-Integrated Courses 3 or more credits
The professor works with the Community Service Program office to structure a course around Service Learning.

Requirements:

Participation in Community Service Program office workshops to help faculty design the syllabus and assignments for their Service-Integrated course. ALL the students in the class are placed in internships by Community Service Program office and Service Learning is fully integrated into everyone’s work for the course.

Please note:
Service-Integrated courses will be designated by the section code "SL" (for example, RSRU 1000-SL1).



Further Reading
For a detailed descriptions of Fordham's Service-Learning programs see
Service Learning: Academic Connections to Service in the Community
by Dr. Jeanine Hill-Fletcher of Fordham's Community Service Learning Office (PDF).

 
 

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