Sacred Heart’s Office of Volunteer Programs works with faculty to provide opportunities for students to receive college credit for related community service. For instance, a student in the Concepts in Biology course might serve as a science tutor in Bridgeport schools for credit or a Sociology 101 student might work in a community center, soup kitchen or school. In this way, service deeply enriches those in need and those who serve – all part of our engaged learning ethic.
The Service Learning Program is a collaborative partnership where students’ work meets community needs and is directly linked to the content of the course. The experience includes reflection and analysis of the service experience and allows students to develop academic and leadership skills while fostering social responsibility and a sense of caring about others.
Approximately 18 to 20 different Service Learning courses are offered each semester. Transportation is available through the University’s Community Connections vans. The Service Learning Program is another example of the innovative programs available to Sacred Heart students.