Citizenship and Service-Learning

MSU Service-Learning Students

Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines and pursues both Academic Achievement and community service in a seamless weave, requiring the use of effective Reflection exercises. The goal of service-learning is to develop the skills, sensitivities, and commitments necessary for effective Citizenshipin a democracy.

Student benefits:

  • Gain a sense of personal satisfaction by knowing that what you do makes a difference.
  • Earn course credit while completing a “mini internship.”
  • Enhance your resume´ with “real-world” experience related to an area of interest (professional or personal).
  • Develop relationships, build references and gain valuable job leads.
  • Test career choices and explore areas of interest priorto graduating from college.
  • Apply theoretical concepts (from classroom and textbook readings) to real-life situations.
  • Receive a special designation on your student transcript.
  • Develop insight into how government agencies and non-profit agencies work to improve the community.
  • Acquire skills to be successful citizens and professionals.
  • Contribute to the quality of the community.

Your service-learning experience will take place with a “community partner,” a non-profit or government agency (e.g. schools, hospitals, various offices/departments, etc.). You are not graded on your volunteering or service (although you do have a minimum number of required hours and there are high expectations for your quality of work at the agency) but on the learning that takes place over the semester.