About Duke's Service Learning Program

Service-Learning links classroom learning with service to communities. This method of learning enhances and deepens our students' understanding of an academic discipline or subject, while providing them with experience that develops leadership and life skills and engages them in critical reflection about individual, institutional, and social ethics. At Duke University, service opportunities are developed through collaboration among faculty, students, and individuals and organizations in the community. Service placements are designed to meet two criteria:

  • to enhance the educational goals of a course, and
  • to serve the public good by providing a needed service to individuals, organizations, schools, or other entities in the community.

Duke students involved in service-learning make a commitment to engage in a service project or to complete a specified number of hours of service work. Through structured activities of reflection and analysis, they are asked to integrate their service experience with the other materials of the course. 

Service-Learning goes beyond extracurricular community service because it involves participants in reading, reflection, and analysis. Credit is awarded not for service alone, but for academic work integrating the service experience.

Local, national, and international service-learning and civic engagement organizations: