What is Service-Learning

Service-Learning is a course-based, credit-bearing, experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. (Bringle & Hatcher, 1996, p. 2)

Degree seeking students at IWC will take classes with SL components as part of their graduation requirements.

Students who begin their studies as:

  • Freshman will complete 4 classes with SL
  • Sophomores will complete3 classes with SL
  • Juniors will complete 2 classes with SL
  • Seniors will complete 1 class with SL

Classes with SL are noted with an (SL) or (SL#) in the course catalog. The SL# indicates that a course has an optional service-learning component. If you take an SL# course be sure to complete the project satisfactorily in order to receive credit.

At Iowa Wesleyan University, we want to help students become better citizens through service to their community and make clear connections to classroom material.

Co-Curricular Service-Learning is provided for not only students but faculty and staff to participate in, offering meaningful service unrelated to a specific course or discipline.

Log Your Service Hours

Iowa Wesleyan University Serves! IW students, faculty, and staff are committed to service.  Last year IW students alone logged over 5,000 hours of service! Please do not forget to log your service hours! This information is used to help us tell our story as an institution and receive recognition for our commitment to service through awards such as the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Log your Co-Curricular (non-credit: outside of class service) Service Hours

Long Standing Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Community Partners

Faculty Information

If you are teaching a Service-Learning and Civic Engagement course or are interested in developing one in the future, there are numerous resources for you on the L drive in the folder titled Service-Learning & Civic Engagement.