Citizenship and Service-Learning

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Earn course credit. Serve the community. 

Experiential education that makes a difference. 

Check out which courses at Missouri State feature service-learning for the fall 2023 semester.

Schedule a short meeting with us to determine if the 1-credit add-on course is right for you. 

What we're about

The office of Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL) supports the development, implementation, the evaluation of sustainable service-learning courses and encourages community-engaged learning across the curricula at Missouri State University as a high-impact practice (HIP) to enhance student learning, student success and retention, develop civic engagement, support the university’s mission in public affairs, and foster collaboration with communities – locally, nationally, and globally. Community-engaged learning is a form of experiential education characterized by student participation in an organized community-based activity that:

  • Connects to specific learning outcomes
  • Meets identified community needs
  • Provides structured time for student reflection and connection of the community-based experience to learning

As defined by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU), service-learning, as an “instructional strategy”, is a form of experiential “field-based” education that provides students “direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum. A key element in these programs is the opportunity students have to both apply what they are learning in real-world setting and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences…”.


A hub for pedagogy and resources focused on developing service-learning courses

A resource page for students who are already enrolled or interested in enrolling in service-learning

Supporting content for our partner organizations to successfully on-board service-learners