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Student Information

There are numerous community-engaged learning classes (sometimes called service-learning) At Duquesne.  

Don't know which service-learning class you should take? Try these steps:

  1. Talk with your advisor to find out which service-learning classes your school and/or major prefer or require to fulfill the core curriculum
  2. Visit the list of Duquesne's 40+ service-learning classes
  3. Register for a class by searching the SL Section Number in the Banner Course Registration System

Beginning in January 2015, there will be a three-year moratorium on the service-learning graduation requirement. This three-year period provides the administration and the faculty with the time needed (i) to identify the best of the community-engaged teaching currently under way, (ii) to use those courses as models for developing additional offerings, and (iii) to understand how any future graduation requirement in this area intersects with the broader concept of the CORE Curriculum.

To help you further understand the moratorium, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document for students

Faculty Information

We encourage you to propose a course for the SL designation. Designations help students to know which classes will have a community-engaged learning component and help indicate the classes in which faculty are choosing to innovate their teaching. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of faculty who evaluate the degree to which the proposed class meets the University's criteria for service-learning.

Want to propose a new class? Follow these steps:

  1. Secure support from your department chair and/or dean to propose a class for the UCSL designation.
  2. Review the University Core Criteria for Service-Learning Classes and the review rubric the UCSL committe uses when making decisions about proposals.
  3. Review additional resources offered by the committee and Office of Service-Learning: statement on appropriate community partners, statement on student preparation for community work, faculty guide to service-learning (includes 30 pages of syllabus excerpts), and service-learning syllabus template.
  4. Feel free to discuss your proposal with the Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research or any of the review committee memebers.
  5. Finalize your proposal, which should include a copy of the course syllabus and any other documentation that describes the service-learning component (e.g., Blackboard documents, additional handouts, web pages).
  6. Email your final proposal with all attachments to Dr. Lina Dostilio, who will forward the proposal to the committee for review.

Important dates: We encourage early submissions to allow time for any needed revisions.

  • To have a proposal considered for the Spring or Summer semesters, please submit a final proposal no later than September 15th. This allows the committee enough time to review and discuss the proposal prior to the Spring class pre-registration date.
  • To have a proposal consiered for the Fall semester, please submit a final proposal no later than February 15th. This allows the committee enough time to review and discuss the proposal prior to the Summer/Fall class pre-registration date.