Student Resources

 

With service-learning, you can earn credit and learn professional skills that connect to your course work. 

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Everything you need to know if you are interested in joining or if you are already enrolled in a 1-credit service-learning course

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Everything you need to know about service-learning that is embedded in a course and controlled by the professor

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Explore organizations you can partner with for 1-credit service-learning, or research organizations for work in an integrated service-learning course


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need service-learning?

Some programs require one or two experiential learning courses to graduate - 1-credit service-learning counts as such. Otherwise, you may not need service-learning to graduate, but it is strongly recommended. 


What’s the cost of a 1-credit service-learning course?

$267 (Missouri resident) and $572 (Non-Missouri resident). For more information, visit the office of the Registrar: Detailed Tuition and Fees - Office of the Registrar - Missouri State University


Can I count the 40 hours of service towards my scholarship hours?

16 hours can be counted toward service hours for scholarships, as set by the Financial Aid office: Financial Aid - Missouri State University


Why are there two types of service-learning courses?

The two types of service-learning allow professors and students different options for getting experiential learning. Because it requires direct contact to start, 1-credit service-learning is what we are talking about the most on this webpage. But you can learn more on our "about" page: About - Citizenship and Service-Learning - Missouri State


Do I get a letter grade for the 1-credit service-learning course?

It depends on which department the course is offered through. Some receive letter grades and count toward your GPA while others receive a Pass/No Pass grade and do not count towards your GPA. Your advisor will be able to help you figure this out.


Can I take multiple service-learning courses in a semester?

Yes, as long as you are also enrolled in the corresponding designate courses and are able to complete the 40 hours of service for each 1-credit course you take.


What am I graded on for the service-learning course?

Completion of the 40 hours of service and a reflection assignment given by your professor. They may also take into consideration the performance evaluation from your supervisor at the organization you partner with.



Can I do my service-learning at more than 1 organization?

Yes, but we advise you to limit to no more than 2 so you have enough time to spend at the organizations and get a good overall experience.