Service-Learning is an opportunity for students to provide community service to local non-profit agencies while receiving college credit. It offers an opportunity to explore the connections of academic theory and the practical needs of the community while expanding overall knowledge of community-based problems.

Students learn to enrich their real life service experience by applying it to the learning process in ways like self-reflection, self-discovery and learning new skills and knowledge.

Service-Learning courses can also fulfill one of two Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) requirements, which are part of the general education curriculum. Service-learning courses can be taken to complete the ECCE Engagement or the ECCE Elective requirements.

Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Minor (15-17 credits)

This 15-17 credit minor can be completed entirely online. The minor provides multiple perspectives for understanding social responsibility and how one can develop as a leader in this world.

There are 3 core courses and 2 elective courses.

Core Courses (9 credits):

  • IPL 210: Intro to Leadership Theory and Practice
  • IPL 362 ECCE: Social Change and Leadership
  • IPL 361:┬áCapstone

Electives (6-8 credits):

  • The electives have to be approved by the SRLD minor advisor and a petition must be filled out for the courses to appear under the minor in DARS.
  • The following courses are preapproved as electives (petition must still be filled out for DARS).
    • Any Service-Learning course
      • IPL 202 ECCE: Engagement: Service-Learning Immersion
      • IPL 306 ECCE: Working for Women
      • IPL 312 ECCE: Perspectives on Poverty
    • IPL 300 ECCE: General Applied Study Term (internship course)
      • Students can take 6 credits of IPL 300 and fulfill all electives requirements for the minor
  • Courses are approved if it is evident from the course description or syllabus that the course addresses civic or societal issues and/or promotes leadership skills.

* Any ECCE course used for the minor can also be simultaneously used to fulfill ECCE Engagement requirements.