St. Lawrence’s Community-Based Learning (CBL) programs offer opportunities to combine community engagement and service with course based activities and assignments in ways that are designed to promote student learning and personal development. By combining classrooms and communities, students are learning by doing and doing by learning. In recent years, students have combined course work with service at nursing homes, day care centers, organic farms, after school tutoring programs and environmental agencies.
All CBL courses integrate community experiences with course material. Students prepare by attending an agency orientation and engaging in relevant readings. On average, CBL courses require approximately 20-40 hours of service per semester. Hours are typically spread across 10-12 weeks of the semester calendar rather than done in large blocks over a short period of time.
In addition to four First-Year Program courses that incorporate CBL; the following courses, worth .5 units each, will be offered this fall and are appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats:
- CBL 100: Intro to Community-Based Learning
- CBL 101: Leadership Development Skills (available only in the spring semester)