Service Learning

Van Vleck class Day of ServiceService Learning consists of a structured volunteer experience completed locally, out of state, or abroad. Specific learning objectives defined in class or in collaboration with an advisor will ensure that your experience is meaningful and applicable to your career objectives.

More than simply volunteering, you will build on the skills, expertise, and knowledge you have acquired on campus while collaborating with your peers. Service volunteers gain valuable life experience that greatly strengthens applications for employment, advanced education, and competitive scholarships and grants. 

Getting involved is easy.  Join Alternative Breaks, Center for Community Outreach, or the JayHawk Health Initiative, all of which have been led by Honors students.  Can't find what you are looking for?  Contact a KU Honors Advisor!

Receiving Honors Credit for Service Learning

To earn an Honors Experience unit for Service, a student shall complete a substantial service project that has been approved in advance, been supervised by a University faculty or staff advisor, and resulted in a report on the activity. A minimum of 45 hours of confirmed community service shall be required to count as a unit. Community service hours shall be verified by a supervisor from the agency or organization on the approval form provided by the Honors Program.

To complete this unit, students may complete either an existing University course specifically emphasizing public service or community service, or a community service project approved in advance by the Honors Program. Students who wish to obtain Honors Experience units for projects about which they have doubts or for those not appearing on a transcript should complete the Honors Experience Form and turn it in prior to their experience for approval.

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