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What is Service-Learning?

At the Feinstein Institute, we understand service-learning as a method of teaching that integrates community service experiences to provide a context for and enrich an academic curriculum. Service-learning is integrated into the academic curriculum, meets actual community needs, and provides structured time for students to think, talk and write about what they are doing in their service experiences.

Service-learning is typically a three-step process:

  • Orientation and preparation: students learn about the surrounding community and are orientated to their service site placement

  • Active service: students volunteer at organizations that address issue including health care, after school youth programs, tutoring, English for students of other languages, immigration, the environment, affordable housing, elder care, poverty and homelessness

  • Reflection: Reflection is an opportunity to relate classroom learning, service, and personal experience. Students compare their interpretations of service to those of scholars, service providers, and people receiving service from a variety of disciple, cultures, and traditions.

Courses are taught by faculty in the Public and Community Service Studies Department and Global Studies Program, in addition to other departments across the campus such as English, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Theology.


Current Service-Learning Course Offerings


  • EDU 211 – Urban Education

  • GST 101 – Introduction to Global Studies

  • PHL 320 - Philosophy of Catholic Social Thought (when taught by Dr. Jeffery Nicholas)

  • PSC 101 – Introduction to Political Science (when taught by Dr. Rick Battistoni)

  • PSP 101 - Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

  • PSP 322 - Practicum in Public and Community Service

  • SWK 101 – 21st Century Social Work

  • SWK 220 - Diversity & Culture in Social Work Practice

  • THL 376 - Catholic Social Thought (when taught by Dr. Dana Dillon)

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