Service-Learning, Community Based Research and Service-Based Internships


Listen to what some faculty have to say about how service-learning has made a difference in their classes:

Service-learning may be incorporated into a course in a variety of different ways. See below for a few examples and be sure to check out the ASU Service-Learning Courses that are offered in your major.

  • Your professor would like you to learn about issues which affect poverty in the local area. Throughout the semester, you work with local agencies which provide services to low-income families, such as cooking and serving meals at the local shelter for homeless persons, participating in a food recovery program, and/or building a home for a family who has never been able to afford one. Upon completion of your service project, you could develop a program for "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week" (November) and educate other students about what you learned.
  • A local environmental organization would like some assistance with cleaning up the local waterways. As a student in an environmental studies, biology, or chemistry class, you could participate in this clean up project to gain a better understanding of the effect that trash/pollution has on the environment, wildlife, and people. During "Earth Week" (April), you could develop a project to create awareness about this issue.
  • For a Freshman Seminar course that is "linked" with an English 1000 course as part of a Freshman Learning Community...Once each month, a local non-profit agency sponsors a dance/social for people with mental and physical disabilities. A group of students from your class could participate in this activity to serve the client's needs while simultaneously improving your written communication skills by writing a news article about your experience that would teach others about how to interact with people who have disabilities.


What ASU Students Are Saying About Their Service-Learning Experiences...

  • Farmwork"Seeing concepts learned in class actively play out before your eyes gives greater insight into the subject than just talking or reading about it." -Student in "Adolescent Development" course taught by Dr. Cheryl Lee.

  • "It all starts with your community and we must take baby steps in changing the world and every little bit counts. Watauga County is very different outside of the university and I don't think some students realize that for they assume a college town could not have families in poverty. Yet there is a great need for help right her in our own community." -Student in "Psychology of Parenting" course taught by Dr. Cinda Payne

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Want an idea of what kind of projects are happening?

Click on attachment below to open a document with a complete list of projects.

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