Service Learning Requirement

What is service learning?

According to Wikipedia, service learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs. Giving back to one’s community is an essential part of being a valued member of society.

Why do UIC Business students participate in service learning?

Service learning allows students to acquire knowledge outside of the classroom as well as apply their classroom knowledge to local agencies that benefit our community. It is a mutually beneficial experience for students and service providers.

What skills are developed through service learning?

In addition to personal enrichment and making a positive impact in their community, students can acquire and develop valuable skills that increase their marketability to potential employers. These skills include:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Increased civic awareness and social responsibility
  • Leadership abilities
  • Working with diverse populations

How many service learning hours does the College of Business Administration require?

The College of Business Administration requires service learning for all of its students. All students who started at UIC Business in Fall 2017 and afterward are required to complete 10 service hours each academic year. Students who begin as freshmen will need to complete 10 hours per year for four years and transfer students will need to complete 10 hours per year for two years.

How do students submit service learning hours for credit?

All service should be reported to the college within the semester that the service learning is completed.
Here are the login instructions to submit your hours:

1. Login to service.uic.edu using your netID and password
2. Click the "Add Hours", located in the top menu bar
3. Enter “Hour Type”: click “yes” if you are entering hours from an opportunity listed on the site, and click “no” if you are adding hours from an outside opportunity
4. Add remaining information and click "Submit Hour Entry"

Students can complete the service requirement during fall, spring, or summer semester. Additional service hours completed will not carry-over into the next academic year.

How is service learning tracked?

Complete ONE CBA Service Completion Form for EACH service experience. Do not use the form to report multiple service activities. We will track students’ service hours and notify you of any shortages for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you failed to complete your service hours last year, you will be able to make up those hours this academic year. Please note that you will need to include the name and email address of the supervisor of your service event on the form.

How is service learning approved?

At the end of each semester students will receive an email approval for their service learning hours. Students deficient in required service learning hours will also be notified and advised to submit service hours as soon as possible.

What service learning opportunities are recommended for UIC Business students?

BA 320 Civic Engagement course

BA 320. Civic Engagement. 1 hour.

Each semester, the class will be themed on a city-wide issue (homelessness, hunger, education, etc.). We will partner with a local non-profit, that addresses the chosen theme, to provide a direct service opportunity and guest lecturers for the class. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in BA 100 and BA 220 ; or BA 420 ; and junior standing or above. No graduation credit given to students enrolled in Business Administration.

BA 320 Service Learning Partners Include:

  • A Safe Haven
  • Casa Central
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Erie Neighborhood House
  • Fourth Presbyterian church
  • Inspiration Corporation
  • Instituto Del Progreso Latino
  • Junior Achievement of Chicago
  • Lakeview Pantry
  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter
  • ReVive Center
  • Share Our Spare
  • St. Joseph’s Services
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society
  • UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry
  • UIC Office of Sustainability
  • Youth Job Center


BA 320 Service Provider Quotes


The students were great! They really saved my life on a massive project. ReVive Center is looking forward to working with you in the future.
--Kevin McCullough, Chief Operating Officer
ReVive Center


Thank you for your students’ service to Lakeview Pantry. I'm glad they all had positive experiences and I hope to be able to continue our partnership in the future. We're always looking to engage our university partners in service at Lakeview Pantry.
--Kandis Howard, Volunteer Coordinator
Lakeview Pantry


I just wanted to thank you so much for the great students we had that helped us with so many projects. We appreciate being a part of your philanthropic plan to support students and businesses.

--Mimi K. Crabtree, Executive Director
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter


They worked very independently and gave a thorough and thoughtful review. They were a really great team to work with!

--Kate Yoshida, Program Coordinator
UIC Office of Sustainability


This course helped me become more sensitive about other people's living situations and see life from a new perspective.

-- Laura Perez, Marketing major


This course gave me the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and put myself in someone else's shoes. I learned the importance of civic engagement and how it can impact my future career.

-- Leah Smith, Marketing major


Overall, being able to help people in need makes you feel great.

-- Geovanny Pelaez, IDS major