Undergraduate Programs

What is Community Engagement and Service-Learning?

Community Service-Learning (CSL) links academic coursework to community-based experiences. Students bring their time and talents to community organizations as part of their studies, challenging them to engage with their learning in fresh new ways and to explore relationships between theory and practice. 

Why add this certificate to your degree?

The knowledge and experience gained through service-learning are applicable to a wide range of careers, including those in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the volunteer sector, business and government, and academic institutions. Completing this certificate demonstrates the student’s significant commitment to, and understanding of, the principles of Community Engagement and Service-Learning, and prepares the student to work effectively with community in their future career.

What experiences are involved in obtaining this certificate?

  • Community Service-Learning designated courses, like Community-Based Research, or Theory and Practice in Community-Service Learning
  • CSL-approved courses: many courses throughout the Faculty of Arts have integrated a service-learning component, allowing students to engage with course-related communities through different lenses and experiences
  • Non-credit opportunities: Students may choose to pursue opportunities offered by the program, like the Non-profit Board Internship, or may seek approval for other community engagement activities that count towards the certificate

What additional courses are required?

There are two routes to earn the certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning. 

Students must complete:

  • At least 3* in CSL-designated courses; click here for a list of current courses
  • 9* from the list of CSL-approved academic courses and CSL components; click here for a list of current courses
  • Successfully complete one non-credit opportunity

    OR
  • At least 3* in CSL-designated courses; click here for a list of current courses
  • 12* from the list of CSL-approved academic courses and CSL components; click here for a list of current courses