Academic Service Learning is an educational experience based upon a collaborative partnership between the university and the community. "Learning by doing" enables students to apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to meet genuine community needs. Through reflection and assessment, students gain deeper understanding of course content and the importance of civic engagement.
The History Department offers numerous service learning courses. There are generally at least two service learning classes offered each semester.
This program also fulfills the second part of the Public Service Graduation Requirement. CPS Interns complete 60-70 hours of work at their internship site, enroll in and complete the course HIST 4570 Internship Studies. Students enrolled in HIST 4570 are not required to attend the internship seminar SRVC 4890 but must still enroll in it once cleared by CPS Internship staff to earn service learning credit. Instead of the SRVC seminar, all History students must have a faculty advisor to supervise their internship, or when offered, enroll in the HIST 4570 Public History/Internship seminar. Assignments are at the discretion of the professor, or assigned as part of the seminar. Students should expect to write papers and complete readings as appropriate for an upper level history class. Students will receive three (3) credits at the 4000 level for fulfilling these requirements.
If students would like to intern at another placement either in New Orleans or outside of New Orleans, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.