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Service Learning info for Students

Why Service Learning?

As a service learning student, you will have the opportunity to serve a wide range of communities while gaining real-world experiences, career insights, and meaningful opportunities for personal and professional development.

Students who enroll in service–learning courses:

  • Engage directly with communities
  • Apply classroom learning
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience
  • Build skills that both employers and graduate schools expect
  • Earn a special transcript notation for classes


Engaging in service learning courses demonstrates initiative and a strong commitment to upholding your personal values. Students learn to improve their problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and decision making skills based on these values.


Service learning is a rewarding high-impact practice for students, faculty, community partners and higher education institutions like MSU Denver. This means students learn to engage in the kind of collaborative work that can oftentimes be difficult to simulate in a traditional classroom setting. Students will learn to collaborate with multiple stakeholders who contribute to a diverse set of skills and talents to develop creative solutions to complex problems.

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making:

Service learning students strengthen their critical thinking and problem solving skills to make informed decisions in the real world. This means students learn to use all aspects of critical thinking such as analyzing course content, leveraging personal observations and reflections, and communicating with multiple project stakeholders to get things done.

How can I find a service-learning course?

Specific classes in the course catalog will be identified as having a Service Learning component. Students can search for service-learning courses in the online class schedule. Select the semester for which you would like to register. Click on the “Service Learning” link to find courses with an “SL” tag. 

Students are also encouraged to contact the Service Learning Specialist to learn more about the service-learning courses that academic departments and programs offer.

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