Service learning for students

 Service Learning Scholars

Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.

For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record (Murray State University Academic Bulletin, 2014-15, p. 64).

Which majors offer service learning classes?

How do I find out which courses are being offered as service learning?

  • In the schedule of classes, click on the academic term you want (i.e., Fall 2016).
  • Choose a subject (or multiple subject, by holding CTRL and clicking on the ones you want).
  • Under Instructional Method, choose Service Learning.  
  • Click on Class Search at bottom of page.  

Where can I complete service learning hours?

  • If you are looking for community service opportunities to fulfill service learning course hours, check Volunteer Murray (http://www.volunteermurray.org/)  
  • Nonprofit agencies in the area post opportunities and events for which they need volunteers.  
  • Try Needs or Agencies to learn about specific options available now.
  • Murray State's Office of Regional Outreach oversees this site.

 Where can I share my service learning research?