“Community Service / Community and Civic Engagement” is one of the core values at the heart of La Verne’s educational mission. The University believes that personal service is a primary goal. Therefore, it encourages students to experience the responsibilities and rewards of serving the human and ecological community.
A graduate with a baccalaureate degree should be able to:
- Reflect on service as a component of active citizenship, community engagement, and social responsibility
- Demonstrate reciprocity and responsiveness in service work with a community organization
- Describe and analyze the social issues relevant to community organization.
*Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours of unpaid, active participation assisting an off-campus community organization in the achievement of its goals, not simply observing the work of the organization.
Students meet this requirement in one of two ways:
- Course: Students can meet this requirement by completing a course in which “Community Service / Community and Civic Engagement” is explicitly embedded. This option includes participating in 20 hours of volunteer service during the course of the semester or term. The course may be a stand-alone course (1-unit) or it may be embedded within another course that meets a GE, major, or minor requirement, but must be completed at La Verne.
- Alternative Assessment: Students can also meet the requirement by submitting a portfolio that shows competency in the learning outcomes gained through prior learning. This alternative assessment assumes that the student has already completed the required 20 hours of community service and can show competency in the learning outcomes. Please see the guidelines for the Community Service Alternative Assessment
Transfer Students: Please refer to the Transfer Articulation of University Values for a modified requirement
For a list of University of La Verne courses that meet the Community Service / Community and Civic Engagement requirement, please see the GE Course Listing. You can also refer to the course catalog on MyLaVerne for the most current listing of Community Service / Community and Civic Engagement courses. Courses that meet this requirement are designated as UVCS in the course catalog.