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Center for Community Engagement

Community-Engaged Learning

See a list of community-engaged courses at USM 
For non-class based service opportunities, see Volunteer Opportunities

Community-engaged learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in community based projects from which they can learn academic, career, or civic content. These opportunities allow students to apply and learn knowledge and skills while developing a sense of civic responsibility. 

Although many classes and experiences include community engagement, only some can be called service-learning. CCE distinguishes service-learning from other types of community-engaged learning that take place with community organizations (like internships, client-based class projects, community service, student teaching, service trips, and/or field experience). Service-learning is embedded into academic classes; equally balances the needs of the student, the community, and academic learning; and meets USM's criteria for service-learning.  

Benefits of Community Engaged-Learning

  • Participate in hands-on learning
  • Gain deeper understanding of the complexity of social issues
  • Learn about real problems and explore solutions
  • Earn practical experience while still in college
  • Build resume for jobs or grad school
  • Make connections with local contacts and meet interesting people
  • Learn how to communicate with diverse populations

Contact Us

Center for Community Engagement
116 Harkins Hall
118 College Dr. #5211

Hattiesburg Campus

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