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Office of Service Learning & Continuing Education

Office of Service Learning & Continuing Education

Pathway to Engage in Service-Learning at GSU

Undergraduate Students at GSU are Required to Complete
160 hours of Service-Learning

 Academic Service-Learning

Community Service-Learning

  • Eighty (80) hours of academic service-learning through “pure” service-learning activities (Enroll in approved service-learning courses). 
  • Eighty (80) hours of approved civic engagement activities or community service projects.

 What is 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.  Also known as “pure” service-learning.

What is Community Service-Learning?

  • Community Service-Learning is services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.
  • Enroll in designated academic service-learning courses:

 -  English 101/102
 -  First Year Experience 101/102
 -  FYE for Education Majors I/II
 -  History 101/104
 -  Mathematics 147/148
 -  Social Science 101
 -  All Honors College Courses
 -  Other courses per request.

  • Engage in community service projects on campus/off campus.


  • Participate in local charitable events in your hometown.


  • Instructors are required to submit the course syllabus and the service-learning course designation form to Office of Continuing Education and Service-Learning (CESL) each semester to ensure that projects fit the cycle of service-learning.
  • All projects and courses must be approved by the Office of CESL prior to the beginning of the project in order to qualify.

 Students are required to submit the service-learning volunteer form for each community activity completed.


  • On-campus organizations who are organizing community service-learning projects are required to submit the Community Service-Learning Prior Approval Form to the Office of CESL for students to earn service-learning credits.

Track the service-learning hours for students:
Contact the Office of CESL located in Jacob T. Stewart, Room 222


Celebrating Exemplary Faculty and Conference Presenters

 The President's Higher Education Community Service SealGrambling State University is a 2009 recipient of The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in the area of service-learning and community service, as a result of the hard work and dedication of the students, faculty, and staff. Grambling State University is one of 2 universities in Louisiana that received this honor. The other university is Tulane in New Orleans. Grambling State University also received Honor Roll recognition in 2011.




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