Service Learning

Responding to the Needs of Others

The Center for Service Learning promotes excellence in teaching and learning through service. Anchored by the core principles of our founders, The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary ((RSHM) and guided by our curriculum, the Service Learning program provides integrated service experiences that enhance the curriculum and serve as an integral element in each student’s academic experience.

Every year, Marymount students, faculty and staff give numerous hours of service in the greater Los Angeles community to help others while applying what they learn to the classroom curriculum. This powerful form of education inspires and benefits everyone involved.

The Center for Service Learning staff members strive to offer meaningful academic experiences for our students that:

  • Engage
  • Reciprocate
  • Challenge
  • Collaborate
  • Evaluate

Since the inception of the Service Learning Program in the Fall of 2009, MCU students have provided 72,191 hours of service to the surrounding community.

The following are the Fall 2015 Service Learning classes and projects:

AM 251: “Digital Photography”–Promotional photography shots at several San Pedro events to support the marketing efforts of several local partner organizations

AM 261: “Digital Typography”–Message in a Bottle Project. Typography students create broadsides encased in bottles to mail to soldiers with a care package

Business 415: “Entreprenuership for Social Change”– varied projects chosen by individual students

ENG 108: “Introduction to College Composition”– Mail letters to soldiers with care packages

HED  130: “Human Sexuality”—guest lecture followed by tour and participation in afternoon programs  at the Canyon Verde School for adults with developmental disabilities

HIS 330: “Latin America & Latino Experience” –Create an altar for the Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Pedro

ID 117: “The Art of Being Human”- 24 hours at Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor, Toberman Neighborhood Center,  or participation in an independent service project

Music 164: “Jazz Ensemble”– Community performances  at First Thursday

Psychology 150: “General Psychology” Tour and homelessness lecture at the Beacon House followed by a community meal at a monthly Bistro Night

SOC 175: “Modern Social Problems” –Students will rotate through several 2-hour shifts on Wednesdays serving in the food pantry, clothes closet, customer intake, and workshops at Harbor Interfaith Services

SCI 160: “Marine Biology” Participate in the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day hosted by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission. Mariners will join community members from every U.S. state and over 90 countries in this clean-up day

“Mini-Mariners” Extended Boys and Girls Club Projects

Education 110: “Foundations of Education”– After attending the gallery reception of the show “Be the Change: The Corita Experience,” on first Thursday in September, MCU students create a lesson plan centered on the art exhibit. They then partner with Club member to utilize the lesson plan at the exhibit

ENG 114-04 : “Analytical Reasoning and Composition”– Paired reading with elementary school students  as a part of literacy portion of “Mini-Mariners” at Barton Hill Boys and Girls Club after-school program

ENG 170: “Survey of the Short Story”–College Bound Members of the Boys and Girls Club participate in class for the day after reading assigned stories

HIS 100: “Western Tradition I” –scavenger hunt at Los Angeles County Museum of Art partnering with high school students from the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club

SCI 224: “Introduction to Astronomy” –visit to the  Griffith Observatory partnering with students from the San Pedro  Boys and Girls Club High School College Bound Students

Residential Life Harvest Festival—Club Members and parents attend annual event planned by Community Assistant Staff and supported by SPRC residents

Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.