Stain Glass view from inside the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel

Service Learning at OCU

OCU students wear large straw hats during a service learning project.
Service-learning students from REL 2513: Intro. to World Religions at Buddha Mind Monastery, OKC

Service-learning at Oklahoma City University gives students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom through service in a community-based setting. Since the inception of the service-learning program in the 2002 spring semester, OCU has offered 562 service-learning courses. Service-learning became a part of the general education requirements for all undergraduates in the fall of 2003. Since the beginning of the program, over $1,000,000 in student labor have been donated to some 60 community organizations.

OCU students dig a drainage ditch during a service learning project.
Service Learning students from BIOL 2851 working on stream assessment

25 Schools and Departments offer Service-Learning Courses:

Accounting (ACCT) 
Art (ART)
Biology (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (CSCI)
Dance (DANC)
Dance Management (AMGT) 
Economics (ECON)
Education (EDUC)
English (ENGL)
Environmental Science (BIO)
History (HIST)
Justice Studies (JUS)
Kinesiology (KES) 
Management (MGMT)
Moving Image Arts (MIAP)
Mass Communications (MCPM)
Nursing (NURS)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Photography (PHOT)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religion (REL)
Sociology (SOC)
Spanish (SPAN)
Theater (THRE)

“Service-learning taught me how to take classroom theory and make it practical and relevant.”
—Mike Slack, Oklahoma City University Religion Student


ENGL 113H: Honors Composition I 
Students collaborate with the Oklahoma City National Bombing Memorial curators, survivors, and others directly affected by the bombing to research and create digital museum exhibits. Exhibits are displayed in the “Virtual Archives” kiosk in the museum and in Teaching trunks” distributed to elementary schools nationwide.

“After teaching service-learning for many years I find that the hidden, or not-so-hidden, gift of this pedagogy is that it brings my students and me closer together as researchers and as colleagues.” Prof. Brooke Hessler, Associate Professor of English, Oklahoma City University