Service-Learning and Students
Service-learning is a unique experience that combines academic coursework with meaningful service activities and critical reflection on that service. Service-learning puts the theory you learn in the classroom into practice in the community. We like to refer to service-learning as a way to put academics into action.
Each year, Fresno State offers an average of 165 service-learning courses. One way to identify a service-learning course is by an “S” following the course title. For example, Marketing 100S is a service-learning course. Another way to determine whether or not a class will include a service-learning requirement is by a "classnote" or footnote 13 in the course schedule.
In addition to fostering a better understanding of course content, service-learning experiences will also help you:
- Develop leadership skills, foster a sense of community, improve self-esteem, improve communication skills, and an enhanced your appreciation of diversity;
- Directly experience your chosen career field, or explore potential careers;
- Develop professional skills and contacts that can assist you in obtaining future employment and build a future career;
- Build your resume.
At the same time, service-learning also helps the community by:
- Providing needed services (e.g. tutoring a child, building a home for a low-income family, helping those suffering with illnesses);
- Providing talents and knowledge to community based organizations that could not otherwise afford those services;
- Enabling service organizations to reach more people who are in need.
If you are a student in a service-learning course, you may be wondering what you can expect and/or what are your responsibilities. The Student Service-Learning Modules (see links at the left side of this page) are designed to provide a quick, yet helpful overview of what service-learning is and how to get the most out of the experience.
Each module consists of a short Prezi presentation, optional and short written information, and other resources that should be of assistance. If, after reviewing these modules, you still have questions, we encourage you to first talk with your instructor. You can also contact staff members at the Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning for assistance.