Community Service Learning

This is an archived copy of the 2016-2017 bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit Any changes will appear on our errata page.

Community Service Learning (CSL) is the combination of academic study with community service so that each is enhanced by the other. Through a process of structured reflection, the service experience is integrated with the lessons of the classroom to enrich learning outcomes. Students enrolled in a course offering a community service learning opportunity split their time between classroom instruction, service in the community, and reflection upon the service experience. Community service learning enhances academic learning by allowing students to make connections between their academic study and its application, to clarify their career goals and acquire work-related skills, to develop a heightened sense of civic responsibility and awareness of moral and ethical issues, and to provide work of value to the community.

Opportunities to participate in CSL exist throughout the curriculum. To assist students in identifying courses that may provide this opportunity, certain courses in this Bulletin will be designated with CSL. In order to determine if the community service learning experience is associated with the course in a given semester, interested students must contact the instructor or the CSL office. In addition, the Class Schedule for each semester will indicate by footnote which section includes the CSL component.

The Community Service Learning program, part of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, is the campus unit responsible for coordinating campus community service learning activities. For more information, call 415-338-6419 or visit us at: