The Service-Learning and Community-Engaged Label at Duke

Duke Service-Learning facilitates the official labeling of service-learning and community-engaged courses in DukeHub, working with the Registrar's Office.

For an undergraduate or graduate course to be considered a service-learning course, 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.

For an undergraduate or graduate course to be considered a community-engaged course, it must meet the following criteria:

  1. Community-engaged courses include a variety of interactions with the community, and although community-engaged courses do not offer the sustained service component that service-learning courses do, they offer enriching aspects of working in the community and opportunity for critical reflection on ethical service experiences.
  2. Community-engaged courses do not have a minimum 20-hour threshold for service.
  3. Community-engaged courses are encouraged, but not required to have structured critical reflections on ethical and civic dimensions of the community-engaged activities.
  4. Examples of community-engaged course activities include guest speakers from the community making presentations in classrooms, visits to local schools for language exchange, and local field trips to cultural sites.

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

Apply for the SLCE Label   Schedule a Meeting 

NOTE: 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 and community-engaged label as early as you like, but to ensure that your request is processed before bookbagging opens, please submit requests for fall courses by early January of each year, and requests for spring courses by early August of each year. Once we have approved your request, we’ll work with your department to ensure that the SLCE label appears in the registration system and if appropriate, the course catalog.

Requesting Funds

Thanks to the continued support of Trinity College, we are able to consider funding requests for regular or ongoing service-learning or community-engaged teaching experiences. Funding applications will be considered on a rolling basis:

  • To request funding for a NEW service-learning or community-engaged course, please apply for the SLCE label. Funding applications of up to $1000 will be considered. 
  • To request funding for an ongoing service-learning or community-engaged course, please click the button below. Funding applications of up to $500 will be considered.

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