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Core Curriculum Requirement

Every undergraduate at Duquesne is expected to take at least one service-learning class, though many will take two or three prior to graduation. Recognized service-learning classes carry the UCSL (university core service-learning) attribute in the Banner Course Registration System.

UCSL-designated classes meet the University’s criteria for service-learning [service-learning excerpt from the Core Curriculum]. They occur throughout the degree programs and at all levels of classes. There are more than 40 service-learning classes offered at Duquesne University.

Student Information

Every school at Duquesne has a unique plan for how its students meet their core curriculum service-learning requirement.

Don't know which service-learning class you should take? Try these steps:

  1. Talk with your advisor to find out which service-learning classes your school and/or major prefer or require to fulfill the core curriculum
  2. Visit the list of Duquesne's 40+ service-learning classes
  3. Register for a class by searching the UCSL attribute in the Banner Course Registration System

It is unusual for students to transfer a class from another institution that satisfies Duquesne's service-learning requirement. If you have questions, contact Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz, Director of the University Core Curriculum.

Faculty Information

We encourage you to propose a course for the UCSL designation. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of faculty who evaluate the degree to which the proposed class meets the University's criteria for service-learning.

Want to propose a new class? Follow these steps:

  1. Secure support from your department chair and/or dean to propose a class for the UCSL designation.
  2. Review the University Core Criteria for Service-Learning Classes and the review rubric the UCSL committe uses when making decisions about proposals.
  3. Review additional resources offered by the committee and Office of Service-Learning: statement on appropriate community partners, statement on student preparation for community work, faculty guide to service-learning (includes 30 pages of syllabus excerpts), and service-learning syllabus template.
  4. Feel free to discuss your proposal with the Director of Academic Community Engagement or any of the review committee memebers.
  5. Finalize your proposal, which should include a copy of the course syllabus and any other documentation that describes the service-learning component (e.g., Blackboard documents, additional handouts, web pages).
  6. Email your final proposal with all attachments to Dr. Lina Dostilio, who will forward the proposal to the committee for review.

Important dates: We encourage early submissions to allow time for any needed revisions.

  • To have a proposal considered for the Spring or Summer semesters, please submit a final proposal no later than September 15th. This allows the committee enough time to review and discuss the proposal prior to the Spring class pre-registration date.
  • To have a proposal consiered for the Fall semester, please submit a final proposal no later than February 15th. This allows the committee enough time to review and discuss the proposal prior to the Summer/Fall class pre-registration date.