Office of Service-Learning Support for Learning through Service


What is a Service-Learning Course?

Service-learning combines the best of active learning and citizenship by connecting course content with service projects that help the community. It is a powerful way of understanding course material by learning from experience. A service-learning course can help:

  • Develop leadership ability and critical thinking skills
  • Improve your knowledge of academic subjects
  • Expand your world view
  • Develop skills for future employment
  • Develop personal and social responsibility

How to Find a Service-Learning Course

  • See our list of service-learning courses offered at Ohio State.  This list contains all S-Designated courses, as well as some other courses known to include a service component. Please note that some courses in this list may have changed without our knowledge, and it is best to confirm with the instructor whether the course still has a service component. You can look for specific types of service-learning courses by using the Categories to the left.
  • Find service-learning designated courses via
    • Select the appropriate semester and campus
    • Make sure the subject section is blank, or select the subject you wish to search within
    • Next open the drop down list for "Course Number"
    • Select "contains"
    • Input the letter S as the course number, so the line reads Course Number contains S
    • Click search

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Center for Student Service and Leadership provides direct service opportunities for students, connects student organizations with service opportunities, coordinates large-scale service programs such as Make a Difference Day, and provides information about alternative break service trips.
  • The Pay It Forward website identifies service sites and projects, helps students track their service hours, and creates a "service resumé" listing all your service at Ohio State.
  • The Buckeye Mentoring Hub provides the opportunity to establish a long-term relationship with a child through mentoring and tutoring opportunities near the Columbus campus.
  • Buck-I-SERV offers Alternative Break programs that are week-long, substance-free programs centered on community service and civic engagement.