To promote a culture of service throughout the college, all students seeking an Associates or Bachelor’s degree are required to complete a minimum of 15 documented hours of Service-Learning. To find out more about how to complete these hours, students may also refer to the resource links located on the right or visit the E-LEOS Service Learning Course (for current students only.) Students should talk to their advisor, program chair, or instructors for program specific information.
What is Service-Learning?
MCHS Service Learning Definition:
Service-Learning is an experiential learning opportunity that mutually benefits the provider and recipient of service, enhances academic objectives, meets a community-defined need and encourages a college-wide culture of service. These goals are accomplished through specified project objectives, a structured service activity, and guided reflection.
Why is there a Service-Learning Requirement?
To build upon the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, promote a culture that values service, and acknowledge the higher purpose of higher education institutions, Mercy College includes a Service Learning component within its curriculum. Goals for the Service Learning component are:
- To create a rich context for learning that will enable joining theory with experience and thought with action
- To apply discipline-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge as well as critical thinking skills to community defined needs
- To foster knowledge, sensitivity, and the challenging of assumptions in regards to various topics such as cultural competence, leadership skills, social justice issues, and community needs - especially as these topics apply to health science
- To build community connections and foster ongoing communication with community members, agencies, groups, and organizations