Service-Learning Students

Maximize your experience

Perhaps you’re looking to build your resume and career. Or maybe your major/minor has a service-learning requirement. Maybe you just want another credit. Whatever the reason, keep reading to learn how you can add a 1-credit course to your semester.

These pages provide you the information you need to know to get started:

Vision screening Missouri State students overlooking Port-de-Paix, Haiti

Service-learning has a lot to offer

Students are able to test career choices, gain experience, build resumes, apply theories and concept learned in class, network and make a difference in a community.

GEP Service-Learning

Jump into community engagement as a First-Year Bear! GEP 101 students and instructors serve alongside the Springfield community.


Introduction to Service-Learning courses engage students in 4 hours of service related to their course and/or the Public Affairs mission.


Service-learning is embedded into a course and all students participate, providing a minimum of 15 hours of service related to coursework.


Students have the option to earn an additional hour of academic credit by providing 40 hours of service with a nonprofit, government, or public benefit agency. Similar to a mini-internship.

How students feel about service-learning

Jayci Angell

Spanish 325
Parkview High School

"I would recommend service-learning to others because it is a great chance to get involved with the community and really put into action what you are learning. It gives necessary experience for deciding on career paths and is very valuable."

David Myers

Sociology 420
Urban Neighborhoods Alliance

"It is a good experience to be able to get into the community. It is especially beneficial to students who are not from this area, as it allows them to engage in a community they normally wouldn't be concerned with."

Ashley Brendel

Comm 379
MS Society

"This program allows you to get professional experience that you can't get in a classroom setting. The firsthand experience is awesome! I would definitely advise every student at Missouri State to get involved in a class in their major that offers service-learning. It looks great on your resume and allows you to get a better understanding of what you will be doing when you graduate."

Patrick Bradshaw

Biology 494
Discovery Center

"I would recommend service-learning to EVERY student I talk to. Not only was it one of the best experiences of my life, it helped me see exactly what I want to do with my life. I now know that I want to go into science education and have both the Discovery Center and the service-learning program to thank for that. At the end of the course, I was offered a job which I would not have received had I not done service-learning."

Sarah Cecchettini

Spanish 325
Parkview High School

"I think that all students should give back to the community while in school. Everyone need to focus on others at some point and help their community. Service-learning will help students grow and build a great resume."

Holly Simpson

Biology 369
Dickerson Park Zoo

"It was wonderful to gain hands-on experience with my preferred career field. I cannot wait to add this to my resume. I think it has been the most worthwhile thing I've done so far in school."

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 prior to 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 and non-profit agencies work to improve the community.
  • Acquire skills to be successful citizens and professionals.
  • Contribute to the quality of the community.