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Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s (OSLCE) mission is to support service-learning and community engagement initiatives that foster integrative learning, encourage learning within and beyond the classroom, promote community-based research, and contribute to the public good through mutually beneficial community-university partnerships. The OSLCE staff values the USCConnect initiative and is committed to identifying ways to partner with faculty, students, and community agencies.

At the University of South Carolina, service-learning is a method of teaching and learning designed to connect meaningful community service with academic coursework and purposeful reflection. The experience promotes reciprocal benefits for all participants, a renewed sense of community connection, and critical thinking while upholding the principles embodied in the Carolina Creed.

Service-learning courses emphasize hands-on tasks that address real-world concerns as a venue for educational growth. The service experience provides a context for testing, observing, or trying out discipline-specific and theory-based theories, concepts, and skills. Through reciprocal learning and community engagement, service-learning helps prepare students to be full and responsible participants in both their profession and their communities.

  • Getting ready for registration? Take a look at the Fall 2016 Service-Learning Course Listing to see what service-learning courses are being offered next semester. This is a running list and more courses may be added in the future. Please contact Jabari Bodrick at jbodrick@sc.edu or the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement staff at servicelearning@sc.edu with any questions or to see what has been added recently.

  • The 2015-2016 Service-Learning Overview is now available. We are proud of the way our service-learning courses have grown in quality and quantity.

  • The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement has a YouTube channel. Please subscribe to the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement YouTube channel and enjoy our spotlights on the students, faculty members, staff members, and community agency representatives involved in service-learning.

  • Have you ever wanted to play PLINKO on the Price Is Right gameshow? Do you like to win things? If you answered “YES” to both questions, please visit the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement table to play Service-Learning PLINKO at various campus events. Please “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter to find out when and where you can play Service-Learning PLINKO.