In service learning courses, students learn through active participation in thoughtfully organized service work with off-campus communities that is connected to academic, credit-bearing courses of any size—from small seminars to large lectures. Students who participate in service learning not only enrich their academic knowledge with real-world applications but also develop personal, professional, and leadership skills.

Service learning courses can be found throughout the undergraduate curriculum–from GE and Writing I and II courses to upper division electives in many different majors and minors. Service learning students work with organizations all across the Los Angeles region on a wide variety of projects each quarter. Some projects involve direct service (such as tutoring and mentoring) while other projects engage students in research or policy analysis. The following courses are offered this quarter:

Fall 2018 Service Learning Courses

  • Asian American Studies 140SL – Power to People: Asian American and Pacific Islander Community-Based Learning
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies M167SL – Taking It to Street: Spanish in Community
  • Civic Engagement 100SL – Perspectives on Civic Engagement — Diversity!
  • Civic Engagement 165SL – Storytelling for Social Justice: Research and Writing with Nonprofit Organizations
  • Disability Studies 138SL – Applied Autism Intervention: Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • English 4WS. Critical Reading and Writing (Service Learning). — Writing 2!
  • Mathematics 72SL – Classroom Practices in Middle School Mathematics
  • Science Education 10SL – Classroom Practices in Middle School Science
  • Spanish M165SL – Taking It to Street: Spanish in Community

Highlights from Spanish M172SL – Latinos, Linguistics, and Literacy

“Bridging knowledge through Spanish Service Learning at UCLA”
Faculty: Dr. Carla Suhr, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Many of the community partners for service learning courses have been working with UCLA for more than 10 years, and we have also welcomed new organizations to increase the diversity of the experience. Students work for non-profit agencies throughout Los Angeles County, including East and South LA and the San Fernando Valley.

Community partners are pre-screened and chosen in advance by faculty members, often with consultation from the Center for Community Learning. Students typically work at least 20 hours per quarter, and the meaningful work taking place off campus is connected to graded assignments and oral or written reflection opportunities during class.

Click on the map below to explore how UCLA undergraduates are engaging Los Angeles through the Center for Community Learning’s service learning courses.
ccl story map

This interactive “storymap”  was developed by Center Assistant Director Beth Goodhue in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities .