Office of Service Learning

Welcome to the Office of Service Learning

CSU Stanislaus promotes service learning as a valued part of a student’s educational process through which academic experience and social consciousness are deepened. Launched in 2000, the Office of Service Learning has made remarkable progress in supporting the faculty’s development of service learning opportunities. During the 2012-2013 academic year alone, 55 undergraduate and graduate courses, spanning numerous disciplines, contained a service learning component.

Among the departments with a service learning component are:
Accounting and Finance, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Geography, Honors Program, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, and Zoology.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is an innovative pedagogy (educational approach) that empowers students to learn through active participation in meaningful and planned community service experiences that are directly related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, sense of social responsibility, general knowledge, self-awareness, and commitment to the community.

[Service learning as pedagogy] decenters the authority of knowledge in the classroom and intentionally places community in the center of the learning process.

John Saltmarsh and Kerri Heffernan, Integrating Service with Academic Study,         Campus Compact

At the core of service-learning is the principle that community service can be connected to classroom learning in such a way that service is more informed by theoretical and conceptual understanding and learning is more informed by the realities of the world.

Joint Educational Project, University of Southern California


The primary goal of the Office of Service Learning at California State University, Stanislaus is to enhance student learning through service learning projects. Specifically, the Office of Service Learning has the following program goals:

Office of Service Learning Statistics

Updated: 06/06/2013
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