Shorr, Director of School and Community
5th floor Conwell Hall
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Service Learning is a term that describes an
option of new classes at Temple. These
classes allow you to connect course readings, lectures and discussions to
meaningful projects in the community. The
goal is to help make your academic experience more powerful by giving you the
opportunity to spend part of your class time participating in activities that
benefit a community organization. Service learning allows you
to apply class concepts to the world around you. Service learning also helps you think about how your Temple
education can be applied in ways that help yourself and others become
responsible citizens who contribute to society.
In some cases, you will be working with
organizations that are linked to social justice activities like combating
racism, eradicating hunger, improving local schools or working to foster civic
empowerment. The focus is the
exchange of learning between you and the community.
In this regard, service learning is radically different from an
internship where the outcomes center around your career or professional
Any student enrolled to take classes at
Temple University can take a service learning class. Service learning classes
should take no more time than any other class offered at Temple.
However, just as in a non-service learning class, you may have to spend
time outside of designated class hours devoted to reading and studying.
The specific amount of time spent participating in the service learning
portion of the course varies from organization to organization.
How do I know which courses are service
You can look in the front of the course
schedule for a listing of courses offered that term and the course in the
listing should have a number 49 in the class comment section. You can go to
for a listing of courses. You can
also ask around in your department for the names of professors who routinely
teach such courses and speak with them about when their classes are offered.