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Criminal Justice Studies

Service Learning

Help make a difference.

At the University of Dayton students are encouraged through their given major, minor, student associations or service clubs to become involved in various community efforts. Service learning integrates community service, reflection, and civic responsibility. Students can expand knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and experience personal growth by participating in projects that impact the local, national or international community.

Service learning in the Criminal Justice Studies program is community-engaged learning. The aim is to have criminal justice majors and minors use or apply their knowledge, ideas, and skills in creative ways that help address social justice or ethical problems in the community or that contribute to the overall health and well-being of individuals.

Recent Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Working with court involved youth in the community
  • Working with at-risk youth on art projects in Dayton
  • Mentoring youth in the community
  • Providing assistance with programs in a social service agency
  • Working with a mobile food bank in the Dayton community

Service learning opportunities are often incorporated into existing criminal justice courses. Students also have an opportunity to earn independent course credit for participating in semester long service learning projects. If you are interested in earning independent service learning credit, please speak with the coordinator or the director of the Criminal Justice Studies program.

How is this different from an internship?

While internships focus on the development of professional skills and career development, service learning credits are designed to serve the public interest.

In order to participate in an internship a student must have completed 60 semester hours of study, completed at least 30 semester hours at the University of Dayton and completed 12 semester hours of upper division criminal justice course work. For service learning course credit, enrolled majors and minors are immediately eligible to participate in these faculty monitored community-based projects.


Criminal Justice Studies Program

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1447