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Service Learning

Service learning connects theory (academic course content) to practice (community project) for student academic and professional development. Through meaningful community service projects students learn and reflect on community concerns related to their course topic. Students work alongside community partners to address local concerns.

Through guided reflective activities, students connect theory with practice to better understand the role of community to address social concerns. Service learning projects provide reciprocal benefits to enhance student knowledge and address the needs of a community organization to increase their capacity to serve.

Six Elements of Service Learning


Meets a real community need


Thoughtful and well-planned learning experiences

Connects with Curriculum

Brings classroom learning to life


Supports global and ethical citizenship


Makes a positive impact in the community


Aligns with interests and career goals


In-Person and Virtual Assistance

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Service Learning has transitioned to provide limited in-person and remote assistance for all CSUSM Students. We will be offering in-person meetings on an appointment basis. 

There are three ways to connect with us:

  1.  Visit us: Stop by our shared offices in the Extended Learning Building (ELB) office 284.
    • Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  2. Virtual Front Desk: Message the front desk on Microsoft Team
  3. Email: