Center for Community Learning


Service Learning Courses

In service learning courses, students learn through active participation in thoughtfully organized service work with off-campus communities that is connected to academic, credit-bearing courses of any size—from small seminars to large lectures. Students who participate in service learning not only enrich their academic knowledge with real-world applications but also develop personal, professional, and leadership skills.

Service learning courses can be found throughout the undergraduate curriculum--from GE and Writing I and II courses to upper division electives in many different majors and minors. Service learning students work with organizations all across the Los Angeles region on a wide variety of projects each quarter. Some projects involve direct service (such as tutoring and mentoring) while other projects engage students in research or policy analysis. The following courses are offered this quarter:

Spring 2018 Service Learning Courses
  • American Indian Studies C122SL/C222SL. Working in Tribal Communities: Service Learning.
  • Arts Education M192SL. Arts Education Undergraduate Practicum and Capstone Project.
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies M134SL. Engaging Immigrants and Their Families. -- NEW!
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies M167SL. Taking it to the Streets: Spanish in Community.
  • Civic Engagement 50SL. Engaging Los Angeles. -- DIVERSITY + SOCIETY & CULTURE GE!
  • Civic Engagement 100SL. Perspectives on Civic Engagement. -- DIVERSITY!
  • Civic Engagement M110SL. Community-Based Studies of Popular Literature. -- DIVERSITY!
  • Civic Engagement M134SL. Engaging Immigrants and Their Families. -- NEW!
  • Civic Engagement M170SL. Food Studies and Food Justice in Los Angeles.
  • Civic Engagement 175SL. Addressing Social Determinants in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities to Reduce and Prevent Health Disparities.
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 58SL. Climate Change, Water Quality, and Ecosystem Functioning
  • Comparative Literature 180SL. Medical Humanities in Comparative Contexts and Community-Based Learning.
  • Education M190SL. Arts Education Undergraduate Practicum and Capstone Project.
  • English 4WS. Critical Reading and Writing (Service Learning). -- WRITING 2!
  • English M115SL. Community-Based Studies of Popular Literature. -- DIVERSITY!
  • Food Studies M170SL. Food Studies and Food Justice in Los Angeles.
  • Labor & Workplace Studies M134SL. Engaging Immigrants and Their Families. – NEW!
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies 180SL. LGBT Institutions and Organizations.
  • Mathematics 71SL. Classroom Practices in Elementary School Mathematics.
  • Mathematics 72SL. Classroom Practices in Middle School Mathematics.
  • Psychology M176SL. Addressing Social Determinants in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities to Reduce and Prevent Health Disparities.
  • Science Education 1SL. Classroom Practices in Elementary School Science.
  • Science Education 10SL. Classroom Practices in Middle School Science.
  • Spanish M165SL. Taking it to the Streets: Spanish in Community.
  • Statistics 141SL. Practice of Statistical Consulting.




Highlights from Spanish M172SL - Latinos, Linguistics, and Literacy

"Bridging knowledge through Spanish Service Learning at UCLA"
Faculty: Dr. Carla Suhr, Department of Spanish and Portuguese



Service Learning in the Community

Many of the community partners for service learning courses have been working with UCLA for more than 10 years, and we have also welcomed new organizations to increase the diversity of the experience. Students work for non-profit agencies throughout Los Angeles County, including East and South LA and the San Fernando Valley.

Community partners are pre-screened and chosen in advance by faculty members, often with consultation from the Center for Community Learning. Students typically work at least 20 hours per quarter, and the meaningful work taking place off campus is connected to graded assignments and oral or written reflection opportunities during class.

Click on the map below to explore how UCLA undergraduates are engaging Los Angeles through the Center for Community Learning’s service learning courses.


This interactive “storymap” was developed by Center Assistant Director Beth Goodhue in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities.