Service Learning at MSJ


Mission: The mission of Service Learning & Civic Engagement is cultivating partnerships among students, faculty, staff and community partners through meaningful service experiences, in order to impact communities, enhance critical thinking, personal development and social responsibility for all.
Vision: Our vision is for all students, faculty, staff, and community partners to engage in their communities and lead fulfilling civic lives.
Core Values:
  • Community impact and structural change
  • Lifelong commitments and partnerships
  • Learning through service and reflection
  • Human rights, social justice, and ethical leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Fun

Contact Us

Phone Number: (513) 244-4888
Career and Experiential Education Center
Mount St. Joseph University
Seton Center, 120
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati OH 45233

Service Learning at Mount St. Joseph

Service learning at Mount St. Joseph is defined as community service combined with academics and structured reflection. There are three kinds of service learning experiences offered at the Mount: 

  • Credit-bearing service learning. Students can attach a service learning credit to any of their courses with faculty permission (with a maximum of 3 service learning credits). Credit-bearing service learning requires 30 hours of community service, journals, and other requirements. See the service learning syllabus for the most recent semester to learn more about the requirements of the service learning program. Service learning credits are free (not billable), they fulfill our undergraduate experiential education requirement, and they count as leadership development opportunities in the Talent Opportunity Program. 
  • Project-based service learning. This is typically a project that requires 4-15 hours of community service for an entire class. Typically, students will get in groups to work on a deliverable for a nonprofit. This could be a class working on a series of videos, developing a volunteer manual, or creating a cookbook. The project that students work on must relate to the content of the course in which the project takes place. 
  • One-time service learning. This is usually 1-3 hours of community service, along with structured reflection. There must be a connection between the service performed and the content of the course. For example, students in COM 100 could volunteer in the community in groups, and then come back to campus to do a group presentation encouraging other students to get involved with the nonprofit that they served with.

Whether you are a faculty member interested in incorporating service learning into your courses, you represent a nonprofit organization interested in collaborating with Mount St. Joseph University students on a service learning project, please email or call 513 244-4888 to get started.

Service learning projects typically are planned the semester before they are facilitated. 

If you are a student who is interested in attaching a service learning credit to one of your courses, email or call 513 244-4888 schedule a service learning intake appointment. 

Service Learning

Title Description File type

Describes all service learning requirements and due dates for the semester. It also includes all of the things that will need to be turned in by the end of the semester. 


A directory of the Mount's service learning community partners. 


Things to keep in mind when reaching out to community partners, standards of professional conduct, community partner evaluation criteria


Approved Sep 2014


National and Local Service Learning Resources

National organization that promotes service learning and civic engagement in higher education. 

MSJ is an Ohio Campus Compact member institution in good standing. 

On-campus Resources