Service-Learning is an approach to learning that connects academic coursework with community engagement. In service-learning courses, faculty and students deepen critical consciousness about our local and global communities as they partner in service with them and listen to diverse perspectives.
Duke Service-Learning provides consultation, training, research, funding and advocacy for the work of faculty, staff, students and communities to support academic coursework that joins communities in promoting social equity and social change. Learn more about resources available:
We offer a variety of personal and professional development opportunities and services for faculty to support our commitment to critical and equity-centered community engagement.
Courses can feel removed from the world outside Duke and life after college, but service-learning courses allow you to apply and gain academic knowledge in an authentic setting. With courses in dozens of departments, you’ll find a course that fits your interests, while also providing you with an opportunity to:
Get to know Durham (beyond downtown)
Deepen your learning by gaining academic knowledge in an authentic context
Apply what you're learning in the classroom to contemporary issues
Develop a wide range of skills, from cross-cultural awareness to critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.