Office of Student Engagement

Serve 101

SERVE-101 is a hybrid course that provides an innovative approach to promoting civic engagement and remains consistent with the University’s Award-Winning Strategic Plan by focusing on signature learning that “deepen(s) and broaden(s) experiential learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom.” This course also promulgates the mission of Thomas Jefferson University by “blending liberal arts and sciences, professional students, interdisciplinary learning, and collaborations in and out of the classroom.”

SERVE-101 is designed to create an opportunity to understand the reciprocal nature and responsibility of citizenship through both practical applications and critical reflection. Students will have the option to work with a community partner and explore the impact of service on the community. This intentional service, reflection, understanding, and action model is designed to help students evolve from volunteers to ethically responsible citizens.

Students have two enrollment options: earn a free-standing credit or use the course to satisfy one or both PE graduation requirements. SERVE-101 meets in class for approximately five one-hour sessions. Instructors are expected to hold individual meetings with each student twice a semester, review Blackboard journaling assignments, and oversee a 10-15 hour service project.

If you are interested in teaching a course, please contact Mare Ernesto at 215-951-2856 or via email at SERVE-101 instructors should have an advanced degree and a history of using service-learning and/or experiential education in their background.