Public Service Requirement

The Center for Public Service administers the Public Service requirement of the undergraduate core curriculum. The guiding principle of the Center includes the belief that public service, rooted in an academic context yet growing into other areas of service, contributes to the development of student civic engagement.

The undergraduate Public Service graduation requirement is grounded in a sustained sequence of learning articulated by the Center’s mission. Instituting a cumulative and reflective graduation requirement makes explicit the ideal that education uniting public service and scholarship can be a transformative experience.

Students building a home in the Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village

To complete the Public Service graduation requirements students must:

  • Successfully complete one service learning course at the 100-, 200-, or 300-level before the end of their sophomore year or fourth semester on campus.
  • After completion of 70 credit hours or four semesters of coursework, participation in one of the following Center for Public Service approved programs (at the 300-level or above):
    • Service learning course
    • Academic service learning internship
    • Faculty-sponsored public service research project
    • Public service honors thesis project
    • Public service-based international study abroad program.
    • Capstone experience with public service component

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