Academic Service-Learning

Academic service-learning at St. John’s University is a classroom/ experiential site- based program that involves students in some form of required community service that benefits the common (public) good and uses service as a means of understanding course concepts. The service activity meets course objectives, and through reflection students examine issues pertaining to social justice and responsibility.

Areas of Service

  • Hunger/Homelessness
  • Healthcare
  • Education/Youth Services
  • Civic Engagement

Five Validating Factors of Academic Service-Learning

  1. Academic service-learning must be part of an academic course, with a designated number of service hours and specific learning objectives
  2. It must serve a real and existing need identified by the community agency
  3. It must be for course credit only; no financial reward for service
  4. There must be a reciprocal relationship – service reinforces learning and  learning strengthens service; benefits for both SJU students and the community site
  5. Academic service-learning must have a reflective component

Office of Academic Service-Learning
Vincentian Institute for Social Action
Lourdes Hall
718-990-8331
asl@stjohns.edu

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.