The Marshall University Service Learning Program introduces a new kind of course
that lets students practice citizenship through the lens of academically-based community
service. "Service learning" helps students of all majors achieve a greater understanding
of academic theory, as well as a greater awareness of the social problems that exist
around us. These are not internships or "field work" courses. Instead, service learning
courses give students an opportunity to apply their course learning to a specific
community problem or need.
The tangible benefits of such an experience include greater connections to the local
community, deeper understanding of course material, exposure to a wide variety of
people, and real-world examples of what is learned within the classroom. Service
learning not only benefit the Huntington and surrounding areas, but students also
benefit as they consider how a student is a citizen, how a citizen is a servant,
how a servant is a leader, and how students as individuals might claim such identities
for themselves in community for a lifetime of learning.
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