Service-Learning is a form of experience-based education where students engage in service as part of their academic course work. It is believed that doing service work can help students better understand the abstract concepts presented in their classes. Likewise, the ideas learned in class can help students make sense of the human and social problems they encounter through their service work.

A Service-Learning class combines academics with experience and reflection. Lectures, texts, and tests are enhanced by weekly service engaging schools and non-profit agencies that are making a difference in the Philadelphia area. Topics such as poverty, AIDS, violence, mental illness, and racism are explored both in the classroom and in the community.

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors of all majors are eligible to register for Service-Learning classes. You must be willing to commit three hours per week to an organization that we will help you select for your class. Contact the Faith-Justice Institute to find out which Service-Learning classes are being offered each semester or check out the course listings posted.

The Service-Learning Program at Saint Joseph's University is based in the Ignatian Tradition. In our courses this perspective is actualized by five core criteria  seeking to foster a commitment to developing the whole person of conscience, competence and compassion.

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