The Service-Learning Label at Duke

Duke Service-Learning facilitates the official labeling of service-learning courses in DukeHub, working with the Registrar's Office and the Trinity College office of Curriculum & Course Development.

For an undergraduate course to be formally labeled as a service-learning course on DukeHub and in University publications, the course must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students engage in a minimum of 20 hours of planned service activities.
  2. The service experience is integrally related to the academic subject matter of the course.
  3. Coursework involves critical reflection on the relationship between academic course content and the service experience.
  4. Coursework involves critical reflection on the ethical and civic dimensions of the service experience. 

All those who teach academic undergraduate courses at Duke are eligible to apply. 

Requesting the Service-Learning Label

Please download and complete a request for the service-learning label.

We would also invite you to schedule a meeting with us. A meeting isn’t mandatory, but we would welcome the opportunity to hear about your ideas in depth, and would be glad to discuss your questions and concerns.

You may request the service-learning label as early as you like, but to ensure that your request is processed before bookbagging opens, please submit requests for fall courses by spring break, and requests for spring courses by fall break. Once we have approved your request, we’ll work with your department to ensure that the SL label appears in the registration system and if appropriate, the course catalog.

Funding for New Service-Learning Courses

Thanks to the continued support of Trinity College and the Office of the Provost, we are able to offer small course enhancement grants in conjunction with new requests for the service-learning label.

Up to $1000 may be requested for supplies, field trips, presentations, refreshments for events with community partners, a staff or student course coordinator, research, conference attendance, and professional development.

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