Service Learning - A Definition

Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning that enriches your academic life and life-long learning by engaging you in meaningful hands-on service to the community while gaining valuable knowledge and skills that integrate with course objectives. Service-Learning focuses on critical reflective and experiential learning that address local needs and foster civic responsibility. 

Service-Learning Guide & Journal (2004) 




At Marian University, the Service-Learning experience is the requirement that distinguishes our McNair Scholars Program from nearly every other program in the nation. The connection to community and living the Marian University's Mission is our hallmark.

When you are accepted into the Program you serve as a representative of Marian University. Service-Learning is essential to the completion of our Program. We are all members of society and we are responsible for the well being of our community, and we are charged with the sustainability of our planet. We offer service to the world out of gratitude, love, and our sense of responsibility. By your example you become the role model for behavior for all. 

Upon completion of the experience, you are required to write a critical reflection paper summarizing your observations and community involvement. Therefore, you are encouraged to be frank and constructive in your reflection paper while demonstrating your critical thinking skills. Your Service-Learning experience must be connected to your McNair research or research assistantship project. 

The guidelines to the reflection paper is available via the links below. The McNair Student Handbook also contains additional information regarding Service-Learning experience. Please contact the Program Coordinator if more guidance is needed.

 McNair students at Marian University must perform a minimum of 50 hours before graduation to be considered as fulfilling the program’s Service-Learning requirements.  More detailed information is available in the McNair Student Handbook (pages 19-21).