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Leadership and Service Center


In service-learning, your education is connected to meaningful, hands-on community service. This rewarding method of learning can prepare you for life as part of a greater community.

Learning embedded with the Carolinian Creed.

Service-learning is mutually rewarding for participants and participating organizations. Students enjoy a sense of community connection while living out the principles of the Carolina Creed in their day-to-day life. Service recipients benefit from professional insight and fresh thinking. 

The hands-on tasks of service transform real-world concerns into avenues for educational growth. The courses, which are an opportunity to test, observe or prove concepts and skills, also can help students earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD). Service-learning helps prepare students to be full, responsible participants in both their profession and their communities.

The Effects of Service-Learning

Growing research shows that service-learning can have significant positive effects on many areas of students' lives, including:

  • Academic performance
  • Values
  • Self-efficacy
  • Leadership
  • Choice of a service career
  • Plans to participate in service after college
  • Increased degree of interest in subject matter

Spring 2018 Service-Learning Courses

Course No. and Section Title Instructor Community Agency Keywords
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PUBH 498 002 Public Health Capstone Seminar Christine Palmer Students have different community agencies they partner with PUBH
NURS 431 all sections Family and Community Health Nursing Susan Poslusny Birthright, Brennen Elem School, Epworth Children's Home, Free Medical Clinic, Girls on the Run, Harvest Hope, Free Medical Clinic, Healthy Columbia, Homestead Hospice, Ronald McDonald House; potentially Palmetto Place NURS
SPAN 360.001 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals Carla Swygert Good Samaritan Clinic and Lexington Medical Hospital SPAN
ART 540P School Art Program PRACTICUM Minuette Floyd general community ART
GERM 401P Teaching German to Young Children Lara Ducate Rosewood Elementary GERM
PUBH 498 section 001 Public Health Capstone Seminar Kara Montgomery students select a variety from the community PUBH
HRTM 362 Wedding Planning and Management Annette Hoover all HRTM
SLIS 410 H01 Knowledge Management Darin Freeburg Columbia World Affairs Council; potentially the Columbia office of business opportunities SLIS
SPAN 305 section 001 Working with Hispanic Clients Katie Mickel PASOs, Acercamiento Hispano, Good Samaritan Clinic(s), local public schools, and other organizations that serve a large Hispanic population SPAN
ARTE 530 section 001 Art of Children Olga Ivashkevich Boys and Girls Club, Ezekiel After School Center, St. Lawrence Place Shelter ARTE
ENGL 102 Green Quad Service-Learning Course Jennifer Martin  Green Quad ENGL
UNIV 290 International Healthcare: Service Learning in Nicaragua Patrick Hickey clinics in Nicaragua  UNIV
WGST 112 H01 Women in Society Mary Baskin-Waters PASOS, Homeless No More, St. Lawrence Place, SC Equality  WGST
MSCI 599 H01 Aquaponics Joe Jones Palmetto Children's Home   MSCI
PSYCH 489 Community psychology practicum Bret Kloos  shelters, educational initiatives, advocacy organizations  PSYCH
HPEB 553 - 004 Community Health Problems Alyssa Robillard  varies  HPEB

Service-Learning Yearly Overview

Each year we work to assess and report the impact of service-learning initiatives for our students, faculty and community.

2016-2017 Service-Learning Overview [pdf]
2015-16 Service-Learning Overview [pdf]

2014-15 Service-Learning Overview [pdf]
2013-14 Service-Learning Overview [pdf]



Jabari Bodrick, Ph.D.
Russell House University Union, Suite 227
(803) 777-2811