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Service Learning

  1. To get credit for Service Learning, students should first talk to the Director of the Program or to the Director of Undergraduate Studies to make certain they understand the process. The Program will then issue a permission number for enrolling in the course, JWSH 650.
  2. Students should select an appropriate organization with which to conduct their Service Learning. The KU Center for Service Learning (http://csl.ku.edu/) is an excellent place to start: it keeps lists of appropriate organizations. Alternatively, the student could contact a Jewish organization on or off campus, like Hillel or Chabad, the Jewish Community Centers of Lawrence or Kansas City, or a local synagogue, etc. Students should discuss their idea for service with an appropriate supervisor at the selected service organization, and that person should email the JWSH Program Director or DUS saying they approve of the student’s project.
  3. Students should file with the JWSH Program a description of their project and the name and contact information of their supervisor at the service organization.
  4. Students should meet with the JWSH Program Director or DUS at least once during the semester to report on the progress of their project.
  5. At the end of the semester, the supervisor at the service organization should write the JWSH Program Director or DUS a report evaluating the student’s project, and the student should file with the JWSH Program Director or DUS a report or diary or detailed description of the project.
  6. The JWSH Program Director or DUS will then issue a grade. A grade of B or higher must be earned in this course.


  1. Candidates will have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25 and a grade-point average in Jewish Studies of 3.5 both at the time of declaring their intention to seek honors and by graduation.
  2. In consultation with the JS honors coordinator and with approval from a supervising professor, candidates will declare their intention to seek honors no later than the time of enrollment for the final undergraduate semester.
  3. Candidates will fill out a declaration form (available here) and submit a copy of that form to Student Academic Services (109 Strong Hall).
  4. Candidates intending to conduct research and write a substantial, original research paper (honors essay) will enroll in JWSH 490 Directed Study in Jewish Studies or in 491 Directed Study in Jewish Studies Honors (if they are in the University Honors Program) for one or two semesters. Candidates intending to engage in service learning at a community organization will enroll in JWSH 650. A grade of B or higher must be earned in this course.
  5. A committee of three members of the University faculty (the supervising professor and two others, one of whom must be a member of the Jewish Studies faculty) will approve the honors essay or service learning project and will certify to the JS honors coordinator that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements to earn honors. The JS honors coordinator will write to notify Student Academic Services that the JS Honors Program has been successfully completed.
  6. If the candidate is earning a double major and is attempting to earn departmental honors in two different departments, one research project may be used to satisfy the requirements of both departments if the candidate obtains approval from both. Both departments must be represented on the student’s committee.
original text approved by CUSA 27 October 2015
updates to text approved by CAC 17 January 2017
section on service learning added Nov. 28, 2018
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