Service-learning is a core component of the Human Services & Social Justice Program. It is incorporated into nearly every course in order to provide students with hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills they gain through class discussions and readings to a practical setting.

Courses typically require at least 20 hours of off-campus or out-of-class work. You may be required to travel to the site, usually by metro or bus, with the cost over a semester comparable to a textbook.

Service-learning students connect with the expansive network of non-profits and public agencies strengthening Washington, D.C. communities. They leverage skills and resources while acquiring professional experience.

To view information on college-wide service learning opportunities please visit the GW Academic Service-Learning website. You can also find a list of service-learning courses at

Student Research

Student Research

Human Services student, Mario, conducted research to answer the following question: How do learning styles affect the academic and social achievement of minority middle school boys? He found that factors affecting learning styles include finances, neighborhood, family structure, lack of knowledge on ones' learning style, and expectations of different cultures.