Service Learning

Service-learning means using what you learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems in your community in a way that helps both you and the community. Though service-learning, you not only learn the practical applications of your studies, you become an actively contributing citizen and community member through the service you perform.

Service-learning can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school. Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas such as education, public safety, and the environment.

Service-learning can take many forms, including internships, and can be applied in a variety of situations depending on the needs of the student and the partnering organization or community. Service-learning can have a tremendous impact on students' growth, and our community partners enjoy and appreciate the knowledge our students can being to their organizations.


Here is an example of service-learning at UW-Washington County:

PHI 244 Environmental Ethics  - Students who desire to take this optional track provide at least 20 hours of volunteer service hours (outside of class hours) during the semester. The hours must be documented and one reflective paper regarding their service experience must be completed.

UW Colleges Contact

Dr. Michael C. Jurmu
UW Colleges Service-Learning Coordinator
Associate Professor of Geography and Geology, UW-Fond du Lac
Dr. Michael C. Jurmu

Why Service-Learning?
Definition of Service-Learning