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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4336
    • fax: 610-499-4605

Service Learning, Arts & Sciences

Did you know that 75 percent of Widener students participate in community service or volunteer activities?

Many students in the College of Arts & Sciences become involved in community service through their coursework, and Widener has a growing list of courses with a special service-learning designation. These courses help students apply what they are learning in the classroom to hands-on projects that address real-world issues on a local, regional, or even a global level.

Widener’s service learning opportunities and community outreach programs help you hone your leadership skills, learn about social responsibility in real-world settings, and develop skills in collaboration and communication across cultures and class differences. You’ll build character—and an impressive resume—as a Widener student that will help you stand out from among your peers when entering the job market.

Service Learning in the College of Arts & Sciences

Here is a sample of service-learning opportunities within the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Communication studies and English students in a Magazine Journalism course developed, reported, wrote, and edited articles that were published in the inaugural issue of Chester Magazine. Chester Mayor John Linder sees the magazine as a valuable marketing tool for the city to attract new businesses and investments.
  • A new sociology major with a civic engagement and social change concentration helps students understand social issues from multiple angles to provide more context for the civic engagement work they do as part of the major, on their own time, and in the future. This major helps prepare students to make a career out of making a difference.

Campus-wide Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to serve? Widener recently launched a unique new website to help individuals and groups connect with community partners to find volunteer opportunities. Check it out at serve.widener.edu.

Widener students also run an Alternative Spring Break program with Habitat for Humanity to alleviate poverty housing around the U.S. and globally. Students may choose from a variety of build sites around the country. See Flickr gallery for photos of our service learning trip to Trinidad/Tobago. 

If you have a real passion for community service, apply for a Presidential Service Corps scholarship to join Widener’s Presidential Service Corps (PSC)/Bonner Leader Program. Students in the program commit to serving 300 hours of community service per year. Members have tutored school children or been companions to the elderly in the local community and have participated in an international trip every year to help others beyond the borders of the United States.