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Service Learning

Service learning is a cornerstone of your Bryant experience, combining the ideals of volunteering, self-reflection and community engagement.

Here, learning is active: You’ll feel the satisfaction of seeing the direct impact of your ideas on populations who need them. And you can do more than just volunteer at a soup kitchen—you can learn how to run a nonprofit. At Bryant, you’ll take a full-semester course that gets you behind the scenes of a large service organization.

In addition to several classes focused on service, you’ll have abundant opportunities to help local communities with your time, energy and hands-on efforts.

And if community engagement truly speaks to your head and your heart, you can pursue a sociology major or minor with a service-learning track.

Through service opportunities, our students have:

  • created a nonprofit foundation to help a Boston Marathon bomb survivor realize his dream;
  • changed the tax status of an animal rescue farm;
  • provided marketable skills to incarcerated youth;
  • designed courses to assist first-generation college students;
  • taught English and computer skills to residents of a fishing village in the Dominican Republic.

When you connect your learning in class to service projects in the community, you’ll discover more about yourself, your values and what you have to offer the world.

Community Service and Civic Engagement

Our clubs and organizations have a long track record of making a difference. Use your spring break to travel to an area that needs your help. Weatherize houses, mentor a child, or donate your accounting services. This is just a small selection of our options throughout the year:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Community Activism and Leadership Organization (CALO)
  • Enactus (connecting students and leaders committed to using entrepreneurship to empower people)
  • Special Olympics

Service-Learning Courses

  • Management 200 - This required course places you on a team partnered with a local nonprofit agency. You’ll apply management skills to semester-long projects like fundraising, operations management, event planning and program development.

  • Sociology - Our sociology program offers a major and minor in service learning. You'll learn the root cause of social problems, partner with community groups to understand issues—such as the achievement gap in schools, health disparities in our communities, the decline in funding for services to the disabled—and work toward solutions.

  • Literary and Cultural Studies - These courses partner students with populations of immigrants, refugees and Native American children. You’ll learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultural and linguistic diversity, develop programs that benefit local agencies, and heighten your understanding of culture and language.

  • History - In history courses, you might conduct oral histories with community partners and produce videos that help chronicle important historical trends.

Ashley Nesmith

Ashley Nesmith '17

Major:
  • Sociology
  • Management

Opportunities to examine real-life issues and support important causes readied an altruist to make a difference.

Hometown: Bedford, NH

More Than a Major

  • Study Abroad
  • Research
  • Internships
  • Clubs