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Course Formats

The BSU Registrar and Service-Learning Program currently support three formats: fully-integrated required, optional, or SL Lab (see below). Students’ transcripts reflect the SL designation under the course name.

Faculty weigh specific factors when deciding to make SL optional or required. Feel free to call  SL Director Kara Brascia to discuss the range of options.

1. Fully Integrated Service-Learning

  • 10-25 hours of service over the semester (3-credit course) (a single assignment or central component)
  • Class discussions and writing assignments relate service and course theory
  • Courses range from first year to capstone, research methods to survey course

Classes using this model use the service experience as the basis for papers, class presentations, discussion, and other assignments. Instructors deliberately link the academic content with the service experience and the community issue. These classes are labeled as “Service-Learning required” in the class details link on BroncoWeb.

2.  Optional Service-Learning

  • 10-25 hours of service over the semester (3-credit course) (optional)
  • Class discussions and writing assignments relate service and course theory
  • Courses range from first year to capstone, research methods to survey course

In optional SL courses, faculty offer students the choice of SL in place of another large assignment, paper, or exam.  Some faculty offer SL as one of several learning modalities. Review benefits & challenges of optional SL.

3. Service-Learning Lab (1 credit)

  • Optional 1 credit lab
  • 30-40 hours of service over the course of the semester
  • Biweekly discussion sessions, and
  • Journal connecting course theory and service

Faculty may elect to offer a one-credit SL lab as an optional co-requisite to the base course. The assigned amount of credits for the base course remains the same, but the student receives an additional credit for meeting the learning and service requirements of the SL lab. Usually these requirements include 35-40 hours of service during the semester, biweekly reflection discussions with the professor, and a journal connecting course theories and service.

Service-learning labs are designated by an “SL” suffix in the Directory of Classes and on BroncoWeb (i.e. MKTG 307 base course with MKTG 307SL Service-Learning lab).  SL Labs are created by faculty using this SL Lab designation process.

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