Service Learning courses provide Montana State University students with the opportunity to link academic study with community involvement. Students use information from these courses to address real needs of local and global communities. Student learning and service to the community are essential elements of these educational experiences. Through critical reflection, students integrate the knowledge and skills they are learning in class with applications in the real world.
Service learning courses enhance academic learning by helping students develop work-related skills, enhance their sense of civic responsibility, clarify their academic goals/aspirations, and increase awareness of moral and ethical issues while providing valuable assistance to non-profit community organizations. For many students, service learning enlivens the course and further engages them in meaningful understanding of academic content.
Courses which utilize the service learning instructional method are designated as a Service Learning Course in each semester's Schedule of Classes.