What is service-learning?
Service-learning is integrated into regular sections of LSU courses. Through organized service to community organizations or individuals, students are able to gain knowledge directly connected to the learning goals of the academic course they are taking. Service-learning classes fulfill all of the same educational requirements as regular sections of the same class.
- Ecology students visit local swamp areas to remove invasive plants and re-plant native species.
- LIS and computer science students create websites for public agencies.
- Graphic design students develop publicity materials for non-profits.
- Engineering, English, geology, math, music, sociology, Spanish, accounting, theatre, and chemistry classes all tutor in K-12 classrooms.
Check out the entire list of service-learning classes at by clicking on Service-Learning Courses (upper left of this page).
How can I enroll in a service-learning course?
You enroll for service-learning courses as you would for any other course. To get a full list of courses, click Service-Learning Courses (upper left of this page).Also, most of LSU service-learning classes are indicated on Course Offerings as SVC LEARNING. Note the section and then submit a scheduling request through My LSU. You can call the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership at 578-4245 for course recommendations.
How do I get trip insurance for my off-campus service-learning visit?
LSU students are required to submit the Service-Learning Student Trip Travel Insurance on-line form prior to each trip off-campus for service-learning activities, unless they are traveling with their entire class. The form can be completed on-line or via any mobile smart phone. Up to 15 travel dates can be entered at once, if the student will be traveling to the same location(s).
Are service-learning courses “more work?"
In most cases, no. It’s not more work; it’s different work. The course has been redesigned to include service, not to add it on to all the usual requirements. For example, in an English course you might keep a journal about your service-learning experiences instead of writing a formal essay. And the service work is arranged around your schedule. In some cases, it is done during class itself.
What are the benefits of taking a service-learning course?
Both you and the community benefit from a service-learning course. YOU get:
- An opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and skills in a real way,
- Increased retention of course material,
- An enhanced résumé for graduate school or the job market,
- A way to meet interesting people, and
- A chance to make a difference in the world.
The community partners also benefit. Most service-learning work is done with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies whose goal is to serve the public good. You will play an important part in assisting them as they work to improve our community.
Where can I find more information?
The Service-Learning Student Partner Handbook provides information for students on the types of service done in courses and tips for meaningful, beneficial, and safe service.
What are some other ways that I can get involved in the community?
Check out the links under Student Resources (upper left of this page). There are several ways to get more involved with service, including the Service-Learning Student Organization and other service opportunities at LSU.