Service Learning as part of the Lourdes curriculum
Through Service Learning, students are involved in experiential learning with instructor-facilitated reflection. These experiences take students into community agencies and non-profit organizations that can benefit from each student's volunteer efforts.
Lourdes’ current strategic plan includes a commitment to increasing service learning experiences. This commitment was institutionalized with the new core curriculum proposed by faculty and implemented in 2012. It includes a minimum 20-hour service learning requirement for all undergraduate students earning a bachelor degree, with some programs requiring additional hours.
Students begin earning hours with a class project in The Lourdes Experience, a required first-year course. Additional projects are carried out through academic departments such as social work (a cultural immersion trip to Ireland that includes a service component) and business (a project with Junior Achievement that is part of a business ethics course).
The number of classes offering a service learning component continues to increase and they encompass a variety of academic disciplines, including Art, English, Sociology, Biology, Education, Nursing, Business and Theology. Activities in these classes have ranged from painting at local homeless shelters to working with various area youth programs.
The collaboration of enthusiastic faculty, staff, students, and community agencies helps to ensure the success of the Lourdes Service Learning program. Lourdes is a member of Ohio Campus Compact, an alliance which supports student and institutional involvement in service and civic engagement.
Programs with additional service learning requirements:
- Pre-Art Therapy – requires a minimum of 50 service-learning hours
- Education – requires a minimum of 40 service-learning hours
- Nursing – includes a minimum of 80 service-learning hours in required clinicals
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