Service-Learning Course Directory
Across fields and disciplines, faculty at USF have developed a variety of innovative service-learning courses with real-world impact. Students complement their academic studies with experiential learning opportunities, provide valuable service to our local and global communities, and become better equipped to succeed.
Service-learning is considered a "high-impact practice" (HIP), or "an investment of time and energy over an extended period that has unusually positive effects on student engagement in educationally purposeful behavior" (Kuh 2010: vi). A HIP is effective with students because it allows them to interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters; increases the likelihood that students will experience diversity; provides frequent feedback about their performance; offers opportunities for students to see how what they are learning works in different settings, on and off campus; and bring students' values and beliefs into awareness, helping them to better understand themselves in relation to others and the larger world (Kuh 2008: 14-17).
Some common outcomes of service-learning are higher grades, persistence rates, and levels of academic engagement; academic gains (including application of course learning); increases in critical thinking and writing skills; greater interaction with faculty; greater levels of civic behavior, social responsibility, understanding of social justice, and sense of self-efficacy; gains in moral reasoning; greater tolerance and reduced stereotyping; and greater commitment to service-oriented career (Brownell and Swaner 2010: 48).
Students can find service-learning courses through OASIS by selecting Service-Learning on the Schedule of Classes search page (see image below). Also, please note that the phrase "Service-Learning Experience" will appear underneath service-learning course titles on your curricular transcript.
Examples of service-learning courses offered in past semesters at USF include, but are not limited to, the following:
Arts and Sciences
- Communication, Culture, and Community (Communications, Summer 2014 Semester)
- RIWATCH (Social Work, Summer 2014 Semester)
- Mass Communications (Communications, Spring 2014 Semester)
- Service-learning for English language learners (English Language Program and INTO USF, Spring 2013 Semester)
- GPS/GIS technology with community mapping (Geography and Urban and Regional Studies, Summer 2011 Semester)
- Social Psychology of HIV/AIDS (Psychology, Summer 2011 Semester)
- Visual Anthropology (Anthropology, Spring 2011 Semester)
- Anthropology of Childhood (Anthropology, Spring 2011 Semester)
- Ethnicity and Health Care (Anthropology, Spring 2011 Semester)
- Introduction to Urban Studies (Geography, Environment and Planning, Fall 2011 Semester)
- Ending Homelessness in Our Community – How Can We Make a Social Change? (Sociology, Spring 2010 Semester)
Behavioral and Community Sciences
- Politics, Policy and Planning (Fall 2011 Semester)
- University Experience (USF Advising, Ongoing every Fall Semester)
College of The Arts
- Drama Therapy (Theatre & Dance, Spring 2011 Semester)
- Pepin Students (Education, Summer 2014 Semester)
- African-American Community Research (Africana Studies, Spring 2013 Semester)
- Capstone Engineering Design Course (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Summer 2014 Semester)
- Aging in Space and Place (Aging Studies, Summer 2014 Semester)
- 211 Hotline Service-Learning Course (Aging Studies, Fall Semester 2011)
- Mental Health Assessment of Older Adults (Aging Studies, Spring 2011 Semester)
- Ending Homelessness (Public Policy & Leadership, Summer 2010 Semester)