Putting the Mercy core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service into action is a goal of every member of the Georgian Court community. One of the ways this occurs is through the university’s commitment to service learning. Every student participates in at least one faculty-led course that engages students in service and provides structured reflection and learning from the experience. Through these courses, students focus on personal responsibility—specifically in the areas of ethical reasoning, global awareness and respect for diverse cultural perspectives, knowledge of the university’s mission and Mercy charism, and civic knowledge—both locally and globally. Additionally, students focus on making connections among courses in multiple disciplines, as well as between their experiences inside and outside the classroom. Every Georgian Court undergraduate student is required to complete a minimum of one service learning experience—as a part of their two experiential learning commitments.
Service learning is an important component of experiential learning. As such, students can fulfill their experiential learning requirement by participating in a service learning project in a course other than GEN400, an internship/practicum/field placement, or an approved education abroad experience. Career Services documents service learning participation by students. To document your service learning participation:
- Log into GCU CareerLink with your university username.
- First time users, activate your account.
- Returning users, utilize your existing account.
- Select the “Experiential Learning” tab from the menu on the left side of the screen.
- Select and complete the “Submit a New Service Learning REGISTRATION Agreement.”
- Select and complete the “Submit a New Service Learning TIMESHEET Agreement.”