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First-Year Seminar (105-6-1)


Julia Oliver Rajan

Meeting Info

Kresge Centennial Hall 2-410: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

Why is service-learning important?
Today's evolving job market needs more than riveting classroom discussions and academic experiences; employers want their labor force to make a difference. Surveys from the Corporation for National and Community Service show that volunteering is associated with 30% higher employment odds. Companies are 80% more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience. However, college students are less likely to volunteer than their parents and high school students. This seminar will discuss the multiple benefits of volunteering in our local community. Through community service, students will gain real-world experience and develop skills-boosting opportunists while improving others' lives. Working with nonprofit organizations is an excellent way for first-year students to explore career paths and develop time-management skills. Furthermore, college students who volunteer in their local communities feel happier and have a sense of belonging. A minimum of 5 hours of community service is required to pass this course.

Students will be able to apply service-learning instruction to solve real-life problems.
Students will be able to articulate and demonstrate teamwork and leadership.
Students can discuss their experiences through written journals, digital media, and work in the local community.

Class Materials (Required)

"Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities 2nd Edition, by Christine M. Cress (Author), Peter J. Collier (Author), Vicki L. Reitenauer (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-157922990
ISBN-10: 1579229905"

Class Attributes

WCAS First-Year Seminar

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for First Year & Sophomore only