Curricular Models for Service Learning


  • Marie Troppe Providence College


Higher Education, Service Learning


This article explains and gives examples of the following options for including service learning in the curriculum: fourth credit option, introductory service learning courses, courses linking service and leadership, service as an optional or required course component, service as a significant course requirement, service learning in the core curriculum, service as a graduation requirement, disciplinary capstone projects, research as integral to service, service learning internships, and service learning majors and minors. The authors suggest that by offering a wide range of curricular models, service learning can be more easily adapted to different institutional climates, disciplines, and the styles of individual faculty members.