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USI’s Service Learning Program is designed to support faculty and staff who/ incorporate community projects into courses or activities for USI students, as well as support the students and community partners who participate. The goal of the program is to enhance student learning while providing valuable services to the community.

Students who participate in the Service Learning Program have an opportunity to better understand course material and can apply their knowledge to "real world" experiences.

Types of Service Learning

There are three types of service learning opportunities at USI.

  1. Academic: Course-based credit bearing projects that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and structured reflection.

  2. Curricular: Projects sponsored by a particular academic program that occur outside of the classroom but involve students and faculty working together in applying program knowledge to community issues and projects. Reflection is included.

  3. Co-Curricular: Activities not connected with academic programs that include learning objectives and opportunities for reflection, and meet important community needs.

Defining Service Learning

Service learning is a certain type of activity that fosters community engagement. Falling midway between volunteering and internship/field placement, service learning activities provide a clear benefit to the community and are good learning opportunities for students. In service learning projects, we strive to meet the needs of both students and the community.


For more information on service learning at USI, contact Dr. Anne Statham, director of service learning, at 812/465-1203.

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Click on the links below to download calendars of current and past co-curricular projects.

Course List

Each semester, USI offers a variety of service learning courses for academic credit. Courses integrate community service, faculty instruction, and structured reflection.

For a list of past and current credit-based courses, click on the links below.