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Academic Service-Learning

University of New Haven Academic Service-Learning

What is Academic Service-Learning?

Academic Service-Learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with service objectives in order to deepen a student’s understanding in a specific discipline.  It’s a form of experiential education, where students participate in community service projects that fulfill an actual community need. 

An important part of academic service learning is reflection, during which the student sees how the community service experience ties in with what he or she learns in class. Reflection can be carried out through reading, writing, doing, or telling.  The ultimate goal is to apply the knowledge gained through reflection to real-life situations.

Does a student earn credit and a grade for Academic Service-Learning?  Yes — for the learning, not the service.  We know that serving others is its own reward.


  1. CWS

    The CWS (Community Work Study) program places undergraduate students at nonprofit and public organizations in the Greater New Haven area. The students are compensated entirely through Federal Work Study funds, allowing students to have regular income at no cost to the community organization. Students work from September-May for about 8-10 hours a week. 

    In the 2012-2013 academic year, students in the Community Work Study program worked a total of 5,832 hours. The value of that service according to the independent is $162,527.94!

    To be considered for the CWS program, organizations must be federally recognized 501 (c)(3) nonprofits. Students must have federal work study and go through an application process with the Academic Service-Learning Office.

    For questions about the CWS program and how you can get involved, email us at

  2. Fall 2014 'S' Courses

    Oskar Schindler Humanities  (UNIV 4501)
    Professor: David Schroeder
    ST: Ideas into Law (PSCI 4494)
    Professor: Chris Haynes
    Social Inequality (SOCI 3321)
    Professor: Patrick McGrady

    Dental Hygiene Concepts IV w/ Lab (DHYG 3350)
    Professor: Kathy Lane

  3. Meet the Staff

    Academic Service-Learning
    Location: Kaplan 210

    Sally Anastos
    Director of Academic Service-Learning
    Phone: (203) 479-4588


    Danielle Masso
    Academic Service-Learning and Community Work Study Coordinator
    Contact Danielle about the Community Work Study Program
    Sara Dampf and Ashley Piecewicz
    Academic Service-Learning Assistants
    Phone: (203) 932-7175
  4. Upcoming Events

    September 2nd - 5th is the Work Study Fair in the DeDomonicus Lounge located in Bartels Hall.

    Come check out all the ways you can use your federal work study!

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