Be more than a volunteer 

Apply hands-on experiences to in-class theory as you earn course credit for service. Real issues, real people, real work. 


Service-learning is all about exploring careers and developing your skills in a way that helps the community. The 1-credit course is like a mini-internship.

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1-credit service-learning
More information about the 1-credit service-learning add-on course that is like a mini-internship.

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Integrated service-learning
More information about service-learning that is embedded in a course and administered directly by professors.

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Community placements
Organizations you can partner with for the 1-credit add-on, or for your work in a standard service-learning course.


Find a service-learning course in Schedule Search

The best way to get started with service-learning is to contact us. But if you want to check out what's on offer, you can use the Course Schedule Search function to view service-learning courses by attribute. The link and some instructions can be found below:

Course Schedule Search

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?

$279 (Missouri resident) and $597 (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.