Why Should You Engage in Service-Learning?

What We Offer

Courses can feel far 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, from Education and Public Policy to Engineering and Computer Science, you’ll find a course that fits your interests, while also providing you with an opportunity to:

  • Get to know Durham (Beyond Downtown)
  • Make a positive difference in the community
  • 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.

Our Courses

Service-Learning Classes embed and integrate engagement experiences with course content. Duke currently has about 70 unique service-learning courses (not all offered each semester) and more than 1,000 students enrolled annually in our classes. You can also learn more here and here.

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Community-Based Language Initiative

The Community-Based Language initiative emphasizes that because our communities are now so diverse, "local" is "global." This initiative focuses on building bridges between Duke language students and different language communities both locally and abroad.

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