Information for First Year Students | St. Lawrence University Community Based Learning

Information for First Year Students

What is Community Based Learning?

"Community Based Learning (CBL) combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits students, community partners, and faculty (definition adapted from the Faculty Service-Learning Handbook, College of Southern Maryland)".

Benefits of CBL Courses

  • Hands-on, experiential learning opportunity

  • Weekly engagement with a community agency

  • Reflection on CBL experience through course discussions and assignments, which serves to enhance the understanding of course content

  • Understanding and appreciation for people and experiences that are different from their own

Quick Facts about CBL

  • CBL office secures all placement sites and uses a preference sheet to assess student interest

  • CBL students are assigned a Community Mentor to help guide the overall CBL experience

  • CBL students consistently attend each week

  • Transportation, in most cases, is provided

FYP/FYS with CBL Components

***These courses include an experiential learning component known as Community Based Learning (CBL). The CBL component will require students to participate in a community placement, outside of class time, on a weekly basis throughout the semester; on average students can expect to spend up to/at least two hours per week in the community. Students are encouraged to think about the experiential aspect of the community placement, how that placement serves as part of the course materials, and how it will be incorporated into the class during the semester as the experience unfolds. 

For course descriptions, please visit the FYP page