Community-based learning combines community based activities with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Community-based learning involves students in organized community service or civic engagement that is directly linked to the curriculum and addresses local community needs. This learning experience provides multiple benefits to the students, including the enhancement of course-related academic skills, further development of critical thinking and social analysis skills, and opportunities for meaningful commitment to and civic engagement with the broader community.

Most community-based learning courses are designated in the course schedule by the sentence “Includes off-campus service hours.” These courses engage the entire class in service, community based research or civic engagement activities and reflection while fully integrating these activities into the learning and understanding of course content. Another community-based learning option can be self-initiated through an agreement between the professor, the student, and the Office of Civic Learning. This “299” CBL course intensification carries one semester hour of credit and can enhance any course. For additional information, contact the Office of Civic Learning: Lewis 216.”