USM offers an increasing number of service-learning courses, in which students, faculty, and community organizations work together to address community-identified needs. Most disciplines offer this type of experiential learning course at some point in your studies. You can also seek them out as electives.
What is Service Learning?
Service-learning combines academic instruction with a community service experience. In partnership with local organizations, students in service-learning courses apply the knowledge and analytical skills gained in the classroom to address social, environmental and cultural issues within the community. Students engage in service-learning both to expand their understanding of a subject and to benefit the community.
Distinct from internships, service-learning is a classroom-linked exposure to careers and issues being addressed in the real world rather than a capstone experience at the end of your studies.