At Manhattan College, we understand community-based learning (also known as service learning) as a pedagogy integrating meaningful community engagement experiences within an academic course. Faculty, students and community partners join in a mutually-beneficial relationship that responds to expressed needs of the local community and provides an intellectually engaging experience for students. The community service or community-based research experience enriches the academic curriculum by providing an additional context to be examined by students. An important part of community-based learning is that students reflect on their service in a deep and meaningful way to more fully understand their role in the community and in society at large.
In supporting the Manhattan College mission, community-based learning prepares our students “for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings,” fostering civic responsibility, critical thinking and ethical awareness in our students.
Community-based learning courses at Manhattan College are taught by faculty in the Departments of Education, English, Government, Kinesiology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies.