Service Learning Requirements
CSUMB is the only public university in California, and one of the few nationwide that has made service learning a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students.
CSUMB’s core values emphasize social justice, social responsibility and community-building. These values are built into the service learning courses you will take in both General Education and your major.
Service Learning @CSUMB: 25 Years of Doing What Matters
Students generally complete two components of the CSUMB Service Learning Requirement: Lower Division Civics/Service Learning; and, Upper Division Service Learning:
- If you enter CSUMB as a First-Year or Lower Division transfer student, you will take both components of the service learning requirement
- If you enter CSUMB as an upper division transfer student, you will only take Upper Division Service Learning
- All service learning classes at CSUMB teach to a common set of learning outcomes for lower and upper division courses. Click here for Lower Division and Upper Division Service Learning Outcomes.
Lower Division Civics/Service Learning Requirement (3 units, 25 hours of service)
- Lower Division students will take one class that meets the Lower Division GE Area D requirement for Civics/Service Learning. This class provides a foundation in civic knowledge, skills and attitudes to inform your service and civic action work in the community.
- All Civics/Service Learning classes require students to complete 25 hours of service off-campus with a local organization. In addition, students complete a Civic Action project.
Examples of Civics/Service Learning classes include:
- ED 212S: Federal, State, and Local Governments and their Impact on Public Schooling
- HCOM 260S: Politics & Participation
- SBS 212S: Citizen Action, Community Power and Political Change
- SL 210S: The Promise and Reality of the American Dream
Upper Division Service Learning Requirement (2-5 units, 30 hours of service)
All students will complete at least one Upper Division Service Learning class as part of their major requirements. NOTE: Some majors, specifically, Liberal Studies, Environmental Studies, Human Development & Family Studies - require two service learning classes.
- Upper Division Service Learning classes require students to complete 30 hours of service off-campus with a community organization in a field related to your major.
- Focusing on your field of study and/or professional application, Upper Division Service Learning is designed to help you learn firsthand about real social challenges that communities face, while also examining and learning to ways to address underlying issues of systemic inequality (racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.).
- Each semester, over 50 Upper Division Service Learning classes are offered by the various CSUMB departments. Please check your major pathway and consult with your advisor for more specific information about the service learning classes required in your major.
Fall 2020 Upper Division SL Courses
- Enroll in SL491S and fulfill TWO GE requirements: - Ethnic Studies and Upper Division Service Learning.
- Facilitate social justice education and social change.
- Learn participatory action research methods while connecting with the Salinas community.
- Engage in a variety of civic engagement topics including youth futures, homelessness, immigration, artistic expression, and healing from trauma.
- Begin earning a Minor in Social Justice & Community Leadership!
Participatory Action Research
- Interested in learning about research, social justice, cultural healing, the arts, and building community power?
- During the Fall term, the service learning Participatory Action Research course theme is La Cultura Cura: Cultural Healing in Salinas.
- Student can serve with the following Salinas-based community partners:
- Baktun 12, a collective of performance artists dedicated to presenting "the rawest, realest, Chicano-flavored street theater, poetry, and hip-hop productions
- MILPA, a mission-driven, formerly incarcerated cadre committed to supporting next-generation infrastructure and leadership within community organizations, institutions and systems.
Any forms you may be looking for can be found under Student Forms.
If you need to search for a community partner in the database, you can find it under MySLP.