- Check Service-Learning Hours
- Differentiating Between Service-Learning and Community Service
- Characteristics of Exemplary Service-Learning Practices in Academic Schools
Since 1995, the Benedict College Service-Learning Program has made strides and has received national recognition for its commitment to student learning through community engagement. The Benedict College Service-Learning Program is one of the premiere historically black colleges that has instituted service-learning as a graduation requirement. According to David Ray, National Program Director for UNCF, "Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) have advanced changes in connecting community service with service-learning, integrating service-learning into the academic curriculum, engendering a service-learning climate on campus, and cultivating authentic partnerships within the community. These efforts have contributed to the evolution of the service-learning movement in America."
Benedict College is committed to using its faculty, students, and administrative resources to provide service to improve conditions in the African-American community. Consistent with this emphasis, Benedict College students are required to engage in service-learning activities designed to affect change and build leadership through academic-based opportunities that enhance students' intellectual growth, civic responsibility, and career exploration.
Students engage in service-learning via seminar courses and designated departmental courses. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 120 hours for graduation with the exception of transfer students. Transfer students are required to complete the total number of hours commensurate with their classification at the time of admittance.