Service-Learning Contract Option

The Service-Learning contract option challenges students to move beyond the volunteer role by connecting academic curriculum to hands-on learning. Service-Learning is a form of experiential education which requires students to engage in critical reflection while meeting a social need. Essentially, students who select this option will work with an organization that is meeting a community challenge and pair that experience with what they are learning inside the classroom. Students who successful complete their Service-Learning contact will receive Honors units for their academic course.

Your Honors Contract is available here.

What type of assignments will I do?

Each SL project will be unique. The only common factor will be the use of critical reflection. Critical reflection is a key component of Sl. As a part of your Honors Contract you will need to include reflection components where you detail how your coursework is connecting to your hands-on community service learning.

For example, upon your completion of your service-hours, your critical reflection could include paper(s) or summaries. When articulating this in the contract you could include, how many reflections you will include, the length of the assignment and when the reflections will be due.

What information do I need to have ready for my Service-Learning Contract?

  • You will need to know what organization you plan to work with.
  • You should have a plan for how many hours you are anticipating working with the organization. Please note there is no minimum time requirement.
  • You will need to describe the work you plan to do with the organization in order to earn honors credits for the course.
  • You will need to determine with your course instructor on how you will earn Honors Credits.

Need help developing your Service-Learning contract? Email,

Sample Service Learning Contracts

What organization are you working with?

For my service-learning contract, I will be working with the Pima County Health Department.

Why did you select this organization?

This organization will provide a hands-on learning experience that pairs with the academic coursework in this class More specifically, in this course we will analyze how epidemic and infectious diseases created historical watersheds that have shaped our world history socially, politically, environmentally, and economically to the present day. Pima County Health Department has a project ready for me to tackle that considers how COVID-19 will impact the Tucson community. The SL project will directly look at the social impact of COVID-19.

How many hours per week are you anticipating to work with the organization?

I will volunteer 20 hours throughout the semester. I plan to go two hours a week. I selected this time length because of the capacity of the project I will be working on should be completed within 20 hours.

Describe the work you will need to do with the organization to earn honors credits for the course?

I will be working with a communicable disease investigator to investigate possible disease sources by interviewing patients and contacts. I will be preparing reports that will lead to education services to the public.

How is critical reflection used in your assignments?

I will write 2 critical reflection papers (one due October 16th and the other one due November 27th). In these reflections I will critically analyze the history of epidemics and evaluate how social, political, environmental, and/or economic perspectives are influencing the response to the current COVID-19 epidemic, specifically within Pima county. In these reflections, I will present my own ideas and philosophies derived from my volunteering experience and use course materials to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between historical epidemics and COVID-19. Each critical reflection will be maximum of 3 double-spaced pages and I will need a minimum of 3 citations from course materials or other relevant, peer-reviewed articles to support my critical reflection arguments and perspectives.

How will your instructor determine if you have earned Honors units for the course?

At the end of the semester, the instructor will verify that I have volunteered for a minimum of 20 hours My instructor has designed a grading rubric for the critical reflections, and they will be assessed on the content. Between my instructor and service site, completion of my project will be presented to my instructor.

How will your instructor verify that you completed your hours with your site?

I will track my hours and have a site manager email confirmation to my instructor.

How often will you meet with the faculty to review, discuss, and reflect on your experiences at the organization?

I will meet with the faculty 3 times throughout the semester to discuss how my volunteer experience is going and to receive feedback on my critical reflections. The meetings will be done through phone calls or Zoom meetings.