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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Service Learning

Service Learning is defined as a teaching and learning method that combines service objectives and learning objectives with a focus on promoting a deeper understanding of course content through real-world experiences that positively impact the community. These personal growth experiences provide an opportunity for critical, reflective thinking and for promoting a sense of civic responsibility. The University of Montevallo’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Strategic Plan explicitly identify service and informed citizenship as University emphases. Service Learning courses provide a mechanism by which university students can meet academic objectives while addressing community needs and gaining practical experience in their fields of study.

Students can participate in the Service Learning curriculum by enrolling in courses with SL designations. Students enrolled in SL courses are expected to complete the service activity(ies) specified in the syllabus. Students are prepared by their professors to conduct themselves in a professional manner and meet specific expectations of their service site such as confidentiality, collegiality, punctuality, and appropriate attire. Benefits of student participation in Service Learning courses include the following:

  • gaining a deeper understanding of course content
  • developing collaboration and communication skills
  • increasing awareness of social and community issues
  • gaining experience in a specific field of study; and
  • establishing professional contacts

Students who demonstrate excellence in service receive a cord at graduation. Criteria for recognition include the following:

  • a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • one of the following:
    - 300 documented hours of service to the community
    - completion of 4 Service Learning courses
    - 150 documented hours of service to the community and completion of 2 service learning courses.