Service-learning refers to educational experiences that link academic course work with efforts to meet a community need. This kind of learning promotes:

  • knowledge of course concepts and application of disciplinary material
  • understanding of the field of study in a broader context
  • a sense of civic responsibility

To facilitate service-learning opportunities, the Office of Civic Engagement links teachers and students to local organizations with identified needs.  We conduct workshops for faculty, provide support materials, and play the role of "matchmaker," connecting faculty and students to area agencies and groups. Ideally, the interactions are mutually beneficial, ones where students can both learn and contribute and where community partners gain from the support of service-learners.

Civic engagement becomes then an integral part of the Bucknell educational experience as we help prepare students to use their knowledge and skills in professional and public life.

Faculty Engagement

Many faculty at Bucknell are incorporating service-learning into their research and teaching, these faculty profiles feature some of their work. Please click the links below to learn more.

Request a special service-learning or community based learning designation for your class.

Experiential Learning

From 20 to 25 courses each semester are designated as Community Based Learning or Service-Learning courses to indicate that a significant portion of class time will focus on local field observation or direct service work with community partners. Some of the more popular examples of this kind of experiential are listed here. Click on the links to learn more.

Immigrant Youth in U.S. Society

Management 101

Martin Luther King and the Beloved Community: New Perspectives and Possibilities

Learning - Behavior Modification for Mutts

Protecting Water Quality with GIS

Inside-Out Approach to Understanding Prison

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