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
- Community Practicum in Mental Health (Psychology, Fall 2016)
Behavioral and Community Sciences
- SPA 5403 Language Learning-SchlAge Year (Communication Sci. & Disorder, Spring 2017)'
- SPA 6930 Bilingual Assessment & Intervention (Communication Sci. & Disorder, Spring 2017)
- Academic Foundations (USF Advising, ongoing every Semester)
- Tutor-a-Bull (Education, ongoing every Semester)
- Pet 4088: Individualized Fitness/Wellness Programming (Education, Fall 2016)
- IDS 2912 Undergraduate Research Experience (Deans Office, Spring 2017)