Learning to be men & women for others ...

The academic service learning semesters combine 12-15 credit hours of academic study with community service under the guidance and supervision of Xavier University faculty.

A primary goal of the entire semester is integration of the academic study with the experience of service. The academic component provides students with knowledge of the culture, religion, history, government and economics of the area in which the semester takes place, with an emphasis on issues of social justice. The service component functions as the medium through which learning occurs by placing all study in the context of living and working with the economically poor.

Reflection is a major component of the program and is integrated in many ways. In addition to the academic focus, the course of study helps participants relate sensitively to people across ethnic and class boundaries. There are also opportunities to interact with community-based organizations and leaders.