Santa Clara University

Community-Based Learning At SCU

Community-based Learning (CBL) supported through Santa Clara University is informed by the Jesuit tradition. It is designed to foster moral, spiritual, and intellectual development in students, encouraging vocational discernment and a commitment to active global citizenship. Equally important are the benefits CBL contributes to the community. By bringing the skills of faculty and students to support the work of community partners, CBL helps the University to build productive and sustainable community relationships.

In academic courses at SCU that involve CBL, students will engage in critical and reflective community-based activities as a component of the curriculum of the course. These community engagement experiences generally take place off campus, yet are fully integrated with the in-class component of the course.

SCU is committed to providing CBL opportunities to students that will allow them to connect more deeply to a rigorous academic curriculum; explore issues of power, privilege, and oppression; bring knowledge from their discipline into dialogue with knowledge from the community; and experience the realities of the world for the purpose of fashioning a more humane and just society. 

To read student and faculty stories about community-based learning at SCU, please visit the ELSJ Stories page.