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Community Service and Reflection

SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM

Learn by Helping Others

All undergraduate business students take Business 200 (BUSN 200). In this course, you’ll complete 40 hours of volunteer service in the community and reflect on what you’ve learned in a series of in-class discussions. Through this real-world experience, you’ll put your valuable business skills to work at a nonprofit, see first-hand the impact of your contribution, and increase your understanding of social needs in our community—all to strengthen your development as an effective and principled business leader.

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BUSN 200 students provide an average of over 28,000 hours of volunteer service to over 300 nonprofit community partners annually. Since 1991, about 20,000 students have provided work valued at over $5.7 million.

Service Learning Benefits Everyone

  • Benefits for Students
  • Benefits for the Community
  • Benefits for St. Thomas
  • Benefits for Students

    When you participate in Business 200 service learning, you can:

    • Deepen your understanding of principles you’ve learned in the classroom
    • Experience the unique challenges of running a nonprofit
    • Sharpen your critical thinking, problem-solving and other professional skills
    • Pursue an interest or passion
    • Enhance your awareness of needs in the community and transform your perspective
    • Explore ways to contribute to the common good as a business leader
    • Network with professionals working in your target industry

    Benefits for the Community

    Service learning benefits people and organizations in the community in a variety of ways, including:

    • Support for people in need, including low-income youth and the homeless
    • Increased public awareness of critical issues in our community and nonprofit organizations that address them
    • Access to volunteer resources and the St. Thomas network

    Benefits for St. Thomas

    By bringing our students into the community and actively providing service, the university is enhanced with:

    • Improved community relations
    • Enriched curriculum and learning opportunities
    • Increased student engagement, and enhanced commitment by graduates to the common good

    Benefits for Students

    When you participate in Business 200 service learning, you can:

    • Deepen your understanding of principles you’ve learned in the classroom
    • Experience the unique challenges of running a nonprofit
    • Sharpen your critical thinking, problem-solving and other professional skills
    • Pursue an interest or passion
    • Enhance your awareness of needs in the community and transform your perspective
    • Explore ways to contribute to the common good as a business leader
    • Network with professionals working in your target industry

    Benefits for the Community

    Service learning benefits people and organizations in the community in a variety of ways, including:

    • Support for people in need, including low-income youth and the homeless
    • Increased public awareness of critical issues in our community and nonprofit organizations that address them
    • Access to volunteer resources and the St. Thomas network

    Benefits for St. Thomas

    By bringing our students into the community and actively providing service, the university is enhanced with:

    • Improved community relations
    • Enriched curriculum and learning opportunities
    • Increased student engagement, and enhanced commitment by graduates to the common good
    Junior Achievement logo. Special Olympics logo. University of St. Thomas student poses with a paint bucket during a service project at a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Paul.
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    Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest

    Junior Achievement is a nonprofit that teaches children how they can impact the world around them and prepares them to succeed in school and beyond. Each year, Business 200 students spend over 500 hours providing meaningful learning opportunities to Junior Achievement youth in classrooms throughout our community.
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    Special Olympics Minnesota

    Special Olympics MN provides year-round sports trainings and competitions for 8,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout our state. Business 200 students contribute to events, assist individual teams, and provide operational support to this nonprofit—helping to bring out the champion in everyone.
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    Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

    Business 200 students work alongside families who are investing sweat equity in their future homes through Habitat for Humanity. Along with building and rehabbing homes, our students volunteer in our community Habitat ReStore, which recycles used home furnishing and building supplies and sells them to support the nonprofit’s bottom line.