University of Delaware

Course Design

One of the best methods for determining whether service-learning will work for you is to view syllabi from courses within your discipline. This page provides links to the Campus Compact Syllabi Project and to model programs at other universities.

Campus Compact Web Site

Campus Compact Syllabi Project provides over 200 service-learning syllabi across a variety of disciplines.

Exemplary Service-Learning Syllabi

  1. Include service as an expressed goal.
  2. Clearly describe how the service experience will be measured and what will be measured.
  3. Describe the nature of the service placement and/or project.
  4. Specify the roles and responsibilities of students in the placement and/or service project (e.g., transportation, time requirements, community contacts, etc.)
  5. Define the need(s) the service placement meets.
  6. Specify how students will be expected to demonstrate what they have learned in the placement/project (journal, papers, presentations).
  7. Present course assignments that link the service placement and the course content.

8. Include a description of the reflective process.

(Excerpted from Heffernan, Kerrissa. Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction. RI: Campus Compact, 2001, pp. 2-7, 9.)

Types of Service “Texts”

“Broad” (Students work on many different types of projects.); OR

“Narrow” (All students work on the same or related projects at a single agency.)


“Partial” (Students participate in one or two short but potentially intensive service projects. Students use service experience to explore one or two terms in a course.); OR

“Full” (Semester-long projects that require students to meet regularly with community partner. Students use service experience to explore major terms, key theories, hallmark writings, etc.)

Adapted from, Service as Text: Making the Metaphor Meaningful Lori Varlotta, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, Fall 2000, pp 76-84.


Service-Learning Web Sites from other Institutions:

Drexel University

University of Maryland

University of Pennsylvania

University of Virginia


Discipline-based Service-Learning Web Sites:

American Chemical Society

American Political Science Association

EPICS–Engineering Projects in Community Service

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life

Community Campus Partnerships for Health