Service-Learning students come from all different majors throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, the Haub School of Business, and the School of Health and Education Studies - all with an interest in combining academic work and service.

Freshman students have the rare opportunity to enroll in a two course sequence that allows students to stay with the same faculty member, peers and community partner for the entire academic year. Upperclass students have the opportunity to enroll in the direct service courses, project-based courses, immersive courses and internships with local and international Service-Learning community partners. 

Freshman Service-Learning Information

Semester Courses and Information

Semester service-learning courses are offered in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Haub School of Business. Semester courses change and rotate in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Below is a link for semester service-learning students to view the approved sites per each course.

Interested in topics of health, incarceration or the global world? Many service-learning courses engaging these topics are regularly offered. Click here for a listing of health, incarceration and global world service-learning course offerings.

Service-Learning Program Policies & Resources

Have a question about your Community Partner Organization or a conflict with placement time? Ask a Placement Liaison in 131 Post Learning Commons.


Students serving at many of our Community Partner Organizations are required to complete four clearances: PA Child Abuse Check, PA Criminal Background Check, SJU Minors on Campus video, and FBI Fingerprints

Instructions for PA Child Abuse Check, PA Criminal Background Check, SJU Minors on Campus video:
FBI Fingerprints Check:
  • NEW Instructions for Completing FBI Clearance through Morpho Trust
  • The Faith-Justice Institute is hosting complimentary on-campus fingerprints for service-learning students on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13 from 9:30am-4:30pm in Post-Learning Commons 234.
    • Students must register for a fingerprint appointment; all students requiring fingerprints will receive an email with the registration link and need to use access code "SP-STJOSEPH" for SJU appointments.
  • Students will pay for cost of fingerprint ($23.85) at appointment at the time of their appointment; there is an opportunity for reimbursement with correct and timely upload.
    • If paying this upfront is a financial burden to you, please contact Danielle Critelli at or 610-660-1334 by Sunday, September 8.
    • In order to be reimbursed for your FBI Background Check, you will need to (a) bring a copy of your FBI Registration with your SJU ID# written at the top of the receipt to Post-Learning Commons Suite 131 on Tuesday, September 17 from 11:00am-1:00pm AND (b) all other required correct clearances are uploaded to the Nest by 11:59pm on September 17.
      • Students will only receive reimbursement if their receipt is turned in to PLC 131 by September 17 AND all correct clearances are turned in and uploaded to the Nest by September 17 by 11:59 pm.
      • During the week of Tuesday, Sept. 17th a request for your reimbursement will be submitted; however, it could take up to several weeks for you to receive the funding. Please check your bank accounts as well as your home address for a check mailed to you.
  • Fingerprinting is also available off campus at the following locations:

Policies and Procedures

  • Public Transportation Policy
  • Septa transportation tokens are distributed twice a semester. You will receive enough tokens for half of the semester.
    • Septa Pass pick-up hours are:
      • September 17 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Post-Learning Commons 131.
      • You will pick up tokens for the second half of the semester on October 29 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Post-Learning Commons 131.
  • Students leaving Community Partner in the afternoons and evenings can ask a supervisor or staff member to walk them to their car or bus stop after service has ended.

Additional Resources