Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Community service and volunteer work can be integrated with undergraduate psychology coursework to serve the community and to deepen students' learning.

Civic Engagement

Psychologists support civic engagement which can take many forms - from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement.

Service Learning

Service learning is more than students working in the community. It is integrating course objectives with service-oriented work in the community.


Ways to Get Involved

  • Research: Information for the research-minded colleague who may be interested in a quick overview of where we are in the field today concerning the effectiveness of service learning approaches.
  • Resources: A sampling of materials relevant to working with service learning and civic engagement.
  • How Do You Create Socially Responsive Knowledge?: Ways of rethinking scholarship and engagement, and how we might prepare the next generation of psychologists to become engaged scholars.


APA Books

Book covers
The Measure of Service Learning: Research Scales to Assess Student Experiences

With Service in Mind: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Psychology


Service Learning in Undergraduate Programs

  • Campus Compact: National coalition of college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning for undergraduates.