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Service Learning

Service learning extends beyond volunteerism, allowing students to integrate outreach experiences into academic course content while benefiting the broader civic community.


Inspired by our Franciscan values of reverence and service, the Office of Service Learning assists with incorporating service into the Lourdes University curriculum in order to enhance student learning and foster within our students a spirit of civic engagement and a commitment to the community.


Service learning allows students to integrate outreach experiences into academic course content. Students are involved in experiential learning with instructor-facilitated reflection.


By engaging in academic service learning projects, students will:

  1. Apply course content to real-life situations and experiences
  2. Develop a broader understanding of and reverence for the richness of human diversity
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to their role as responsible individuals living in the civic community


Service learning opportunities take place in the context of coursework or other pre-approved Lourdes projects and are a required component of all undergraduate degrees.

  • Students enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program must complete at least 20 clock hours of service learning.
  • Students enrolled in an Associate degree program must complete at least 10 clock hours of service learning.

Some programs (including Education, Nursing, and Pre-Art Therapy) have additional requirements. For complete information, consult the description of the Core Curriculum found in the Lourdes University Academic Catalog and the requirements listed for each particular academic program.

At Lourdes University, we empower our students by providing more than an education. We teach them how to combine their interests with service to others and thrive in their professions and lives by going beyond the textbook and into the heart of life.

The value and power of a Lourdes education is achieving the desire to transform knowledge into action, the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and the confidence to lead others in improving our world.

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