Public & Community Service Studies
"Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do"
- Steve Jobs
The Department of Public and Community Service Studies strengthens communities by integrating public and community service into the liberal arts curriculum. Believing that service bears witness to religious and ethical values central to the college's mission and is at the heart of a liberal arts education in a democratic society, the Department provides an environment for research and reflection on the meaning of public and community service and an educational experience that prepares future leaders for positive change.
Public and Community Service major Katrina Lipinski discusses her experience as a PSP major.
Public and Community Service Studies offers introductory courses open to all students at Providence College and major and minor courses that cover central themes and issues in democratic community, service, and social justice. With rare exception, each of these courses requires the students to participate in 2 - 4 hours per week of community service.
The academic program is built on the pedagogical model of service learning, and nearly all of the courses that students take in the major integrate service into the course in an intentional way. The service is approached much like a "text" in the course. That is, it forms the basis for a significant part of the discussion and reflection in the course. Through the courses in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies, students engage in a diverse range of service work including direct service, community organizing, community development, and public policy.
Spring Into Service
At this time each year, the PC community collects and donates a tremendous amount of canned goods, clothing, books, etc. and also engages in numerous cleanup activities and days of service. In an attempt to better publicize and organize these events, as we have done in the fall with Months of Giving, and in order to connect interested PC clubs, organizations and departments with community organizations, the President’s Standing Committee* on Service has compiled the “Spring Into Service” calendar.