Introduction to World Religions

RELS-T122-052 | Spring 2013
Judith Gruber

Service learning is required for this course. 

Time commitment: 15 hours

Learning goal:  Students will volunteer in service organizations which are situated within or supported by faith communities, congregations, or houses of worship.  They will learn how faith/religion may be expressed in different approaches to service, outreach and advocacy.  They will investigate whether and how religion informs the agency's mission, its services, its understanding of its clients, and the motivations of its staff members.

Students in this course must complete a service learning placement at one of the following agencies: 

Anna's Arts for Kids
Cafe con Ingles
Catholic Charities: Computer Literacy
Catholic Charities: English as a Second Language
Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR)
Good Shepherd School
Hagar's House
Harry Tompson Center
Luke's House Clinic


  1. Research your options.  Browse the agencies listed on this page.  Find ones that connect to your interests and passions.  Also look for agencies that fit your schedule and transportation situation.  Use this scheduler to figure out your best times to do service learning.  Take into account the transportation support programs offered by the Office of Service Learning.
  2. Make contact with your favorite agencies.  It pays to initiate communication early.  Remember, you are competing for limited spots at each agency.
  3. Come to the SERVE Fair to talk with agency staff and learn more about your favorites.
  4. Receive placement offers.  Accept a placement offer online by Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5 pm. 
  5. Complete preservice requirements.
  6. Agree on a regular schedule with your agency and start serving!
  7. Document all your hours using a service learning timesheet.  Submit your first timesheet to Bobet 113 at midterm (Friday, March 8th @ 5pm).  Submit your final timesheet by the last day of classes (Wed, May 1 @ 5pm).
  8. Finish all your service learning hours by the last day of classes.
  9. Your performance will be evaluated by your agency.  This performance evaluation will be given to your professor an incorporated into your class grade.
  10. Receive a service learning transcript notation.  Put it on your resume too!