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Service Learning

At Widener, service learning is the foundation of the Widener educational experience.

Academic Service-Learning (ASL) is an educational experience that unites experiential components, civic engagement, and classroom activities. The goal of academic service-learning is to enhance the development of each student’s sense of civic responsibility while achieving the academic objectives for individual courses or across courses within a curriculum. Institutional support fosters the linkage of learning, assessing, and applying academic content in meaningful, measurable projects within real community settings.

ASL focuses on intentional reciprocity between the student and the community. Structured reflection on the interplay between academic development and community benefit provides the key to ASL. Together, reflection and reciprocity allow the academic service-learning experience to benefit the student, the university, and the community.

Widener’s service learning courses, as taught by our faculty, provide innovative opportunities to be of service to individuals, public schools, public service agencies, and nonprofit organizations within our partnership network.

Service-learning courses are offered every semester. A sample of service-learning courses include: 

  • ENV 188/HUM 188: COFFEE CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN COSTA RICA
    During this international exchange experience with students from a Costa Rican university, students explore spectacular and biologically rich environments as they study topics related to sustainability and coffee culture.
  • HM 402: APPLIED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
    Students identify and complete on-the-job employment objectives, analyze organizational management styles, and develop an awareness of societal need in the context of civic responsibility in the tourism industry. 
  • NURS 480: SENIOR NURSING ELECTIVE
    This service-learning experience integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities specifically related to the topic of the nursing elective.
  • SSCI 202: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT
    This course focuses on the power of political engagement and advocacy. Students will work in small teams to develop advocacy strategies and communication materials to educate others about contemporary political issues affecting college students. The course is intended to build leadership skills and promote engaged citizenship.
  • SW 441: SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COMMUNITIES
    Students develop a fundamental understanding of the knowledge, values, and skills in organizing, planning, and facilitating macro practice. This course also introduces students to community needs and capacity assessments, community organizing, and community development.

Difference makers

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Program Highlight

1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.