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You can earn academic credit by participating in meaningful service activities.

Service Learning Office

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Service learning is available to all students of all majors, both undergraduate and graduate. Service learning cab be embedded into a course or it can be attached to a course as an additional credit. Credit-bearing service learning experiences are defined as placements of 30+ hours of community service with one community partner. As a community, we value:

  • Community impact through lifelong commitments and partnerships
  • Learning through reflection
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Fun

Featured Courses:

  • Service Learning: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Service Learning: Theoretical Perspectives and Foundations in Literacy
  • Service Learning: Appalachian Culture and Spirit

Nationally Recognized

Mount St. Joseph University was recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service with the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. The University was also awarded the 2008 Community Service Award by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio for its contributions and support to senior citizens. The University is also a respected member in good standing with the Ohio Campus Compact.

Service Programs

The Service Learning Office provides a variety of curricular and co-curricular service experiences for the Mount community.

Academic Service Learning

  • Academic service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
  • Since 1994, our students have completed approximately 2,272 course-based service learning experiences of 30 hours or more, totaling 68,160 hours-served. The value of our students’ service learning experiences totals $1,238,700.

Service Learning Facts

 According to the 2015/2016 service learning student evaluations:

  • 90 percent of service learning students agree that service learning has helped them to see how the subject matter they learned can be used in everyday life.
  • 90 percent of service learning students agree that service learning helped them to understand lectures and readings in the course.
  • 90 percent of service learning students agree that their service learning benefited the community.
  • 90 percent of service learning students are that service learning helped them to become aware of personal strengths and weaknesses.

Service Events

  • The Welcome Week Service Event occurs in August and invites students, faculty, and staff to begin the school year by serving with over 10 community partners located throughout Greater Cincinnati.
  • The University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service each January. On this day, students, faculty, and staff advocate for housing equality and serve with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.

Service Clubs

  • Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is recognized as an official campus chapter by Habitat for Humanity International and completes two housing builds per month with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. They also complete a week-long, end of year service trip annually with a Habitat affiliate throughout the United States. The Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter organizes the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
  • Impact Cincinnati is an active service-based student group that completes at least one volunteer experience per month. Impact Cincinnati organizes the Welcome Week Service Event.

Student Philanthropy

Student philanthropy courses prepare student philanthropists to be able to make decisions about awarding funding to nonprofit organizations. Faculty develop the philanthropy requirements of the course and set parameters for students to research nonprofits and solicit proposals for grants of $1,000. The students then collaboratively decide on a nonprofit to invest in after researching the nonprofits and examining the proposals. The student philanthropy program is funded by the Cambridge Charitable Foundation.

Campus Election Engagement Project

The Service Learning Office partners with the Ohio Campus Compact on the Campus Election Engagement Project, which seeks to register students, educate students, and get out the vote!


Voter Registration

Other Election Services

The Service Learning Office provides official issue and candidate lists, voter eligibility and registration requirements, and polling location information during election seasons.

Contact Information

Keith Lanser, M.A.
Coordinator for Service Learning

Seton Center 121
(513) 244-4634

Keith.lanser@msj.edu