UD Engage


Habitat for Humanity


Service learning is a pedagogy that exposes students to the needs of the larger society, engages them in addressing those needs through community service, and connects what they learn in the classroom to real-world conditions. At its best, service learning is a powerful teaching method that allows students to reflect upon why such conditions exist and what their democratic responsibilities are in addressing them. (Adapted from the Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement)

Community Service volunteers provide enthusiastic, but limited service, with no direct academic content. For example, thye might participate in a local clean-up effort, or help plan and execute a one-time event, or spend an hour a week reading in a local school.

Community-Based Research/Creative Scholarship questions are derived from the intersection of faculty research and the needs of a community. The answers to the questions provide a valuable service to the community partner, wile creating an important focus for faculty and student researchers. The process is collaborative and dynamic, as it combines classroom learning with social action.

Benefits for Students

In service learning, faculty use directed reflection to help students integrate theory and experience through a combination of classroom and community-based experiences. Students may participate through service-learning designated courses, through Service Learning Abroad programs and through the Service-Learning Scholars Program.


Course Lists

A list of courses that meet the Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement.

Service-Learning Scholars Program

Service Learning Abroad