Pursuing service-learning opportunities allows you to connect your classroom education with practical usage in meaningful ways

Honors students may enroll in approved service-learning courses, including those offered by other departments to fulfill their Honors Electives/Experiential and Advanced Learning Honors requirements.

In order for a service-learning course to qualify for Honors credit, it must be at least 300-level, earn at least three academic units, and be designated as a Service-Learning section by the Office of the Registrar. Approved courses must also include at least 15 hours of service with a community partner. A student may only earn Honors credit for a specific service-learning course once. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they meet all pre-requisites for any course, as the Honors College cannot waive departmental requirements.


Approval for a course for use as an Honors Elective/Experiential and Advanced Learning course can only be granted by the Honors College Faculty Director, Dr. Alison McCartney. The course instructor must also consent to allowing Honors criteria to the course. Approval cannot be granted retroactively.

In order to earn Honors credit for a service-learning course, you should follow these steps in order:

  1. Submit a Service-Learning Agreement (DOCX), signed by you and by the course instructor, to the Honors College offices by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester in which the class is offered. This document can be delivered to Stephens 302 or sent as a PDF to .
  2. Submit a copy of the course syllabus to the Honors College offices by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester in which the class is offered. This document can be delivered to Stephens 302 or sent as a PDF to . You are encouraged to submit the Service-Learning Agreement and course syllabus at the same time.
  3. Submit the Honors College Elective Form by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester in which the class is offered.
  4. Deliver a poster presentation at the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning in the term after the term in which you completed the service-learning course. You must also submit a five-page reflection essay and a 15-page research paper or paper/project in order to officially earn Honors credit.

All required forms are also available at our Forms, Handbooks & Online Resources repository.

Spring 2018 Service-Learning Courses

The following service-learning courses and sections are eligible for Honors credit if the above required steps are followed. Several of these courses have pre-requisites or course expectations which may not be listed here, or may be restricted to majors only. Contact the Honors College Faculty Director, Dr. Alison McCartney, with questions at . Please note that only the specified sections of a given course are eligible for Honors credit.

Comm 470.002 special topics in communications (prof. carol norton)

This class will explore leadershi pfrom a communication processes perspective and investigate trends in leadership communication. Understanding the essential reciprocal relationship between the leader, cultural values, and the social/organizational context, the students will investigate communication and its strategy as a change agent. Through community partnership and participation, the student will participate in civic engagement and developing leadership communication to facilitate civic change. Prerequisites: COMM 201 or MCOM 101.

FMST 397.851 Internship in Family and Human Services (Prof. Ebony Okafor)

Supervised experience in family studies. Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and FMST 297, FMST 387, and 15 additional units of FMST course work. This course is offered at the TU in Northeastern MD campus.

hlth 331.002 Nutrition Health Professionals (prof. kathleen gould)

An in-depth study of the chemical nature and utilization of nutrients: the composition, digestion, absorption of foods, and the normal nutritional requirements of the human body. Focus on nutrition and health, and nutrition and disease. Prerequisites: BIOL 191+L or BIOL 190 or higher with lab, or consent of the instructor.

hlth 350.400 urban food systems (prof. andrea brace)

Uses experiential learning, discussion, and readings to challenge students to examine the environment of complex urban food systems. Students will consider what it would take to improve these systems to assure access for all to nutritious, adequate, affordable food, ideally with reduced environmental harm. Prerequisites: ENGL 190 or equivalent and completion of Core 6 course. Core: Metropolitan Perspectives.

IDHP 300.001 and idhp 300.002 Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (prof. zosia zaks)

An overview of the spectrum of autism, including the characteristics of autism, including the characteristics of autism and strategies for effective community integration of individuals on the autism spectrum, using current research and incorporating a 20-hour service learning component in addition to class time. Core: Diversity & Difference.

mcom 453.180 strategic PR & integrated communication (prof. melanie formentin)

Research, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and campaigns. Prerequisites: MCOM 357 and MCOM 390; majors only.

NURS 416.180 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare

Transcultural health care principles, focusing on cultural influences on biological, psychological, sociological, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of individuals. Historical perspective to contemporary cultural health care. Prerequisites: First semester, junior-level standing or permission of the instructor. Core: Diversity & Difference.

span 409.001 spanish translation (prof. leticia romo)

Translation theory and practice - English to Spanish and Spanish to English. Prerequisites: SPAN 301 and SPAN 302.