157SL, Community Action & Service

Contact

Course Coordinator/GE Coordinator: Dr. Tabitha Hart

Email:  Tabitha.Hart@sjsu.edu

Office: HGH 216

Office hours: see the COMM Faculty directory page

Overview

157SL is a 3-unit service learning course that falls under GE Area S. For undergraduate COMM majors, 157SL also satisfies the COMM Senior Applied Activity requirement.

Prerequisites

  • Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST) or ENGL/LLD 100A with a C or better (C- not accepted)
  • Upper-division standing

FAQs

What is service learning?

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What are the benefits of doing service learning?

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Does COMM 157SL apply towards the COMM Applied Activity requirement?

Yes. 

If you successfully complete 157SL then you will fulfill the COMM Applied Activity requirement; additionally, your 157SL units (3) will count towards GE Area S.

Can I do something besides 157SL to fulfill the COMM Applied Activity requirement?

Yes.

There are several different options for completing the COMM 198 requirement, with COMM 157SL being just one option. Other options include Forensics; working in the COMM Center as a coach, mentor, and/or 100W consultant; participating in the COMM Internship Program; and/or working on the COMM Social Media Team.

How many hours of community service do 157SL students complete?

All 157SL students complete 48 hours of service over the semester.

Which sites do 157SL students serve at?

All 157SL students will be placed at one of our vetted partner sites. In any given semester, there will be between 3-6 partner sites to choose from.

All 157SL partner sites are located within a few miles of SJSU and serve community members within the immediate vicinity.

What kinds of service do 157SL students do at their sites?

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Do I have to serve at a 157SL partner site?

Yes.

All 157SL students must serve at one of our 157SL partner sites. 

Serving at a non-157SL site is not an option.

What if I really want to do community service at a non-157SL site? 

If you want to do community service at a non-157SL site, and you wish to earn course credit (i.e. units) for that service, then consider doing it as part of another academic program, such as the COMM Internship Program.

I see that COMM 157SL runs from 3:00-5:45 PM. Do I have be in class for that whole period?

Yes.

All students enrolled in 157SL are expected to be in class for the entire period.

Missing all or even part of a class session will negatively impact a student's grade. This is because in-class sessions involve activities that count towards the final grade.

If you have scheduling constraints that you know will prevent you from attending class sessions, then it's best not to enroll in 157SL.

I have scheduling constraints that will make it hard for me be in the 157SL class session each week. What should I do?

Missing all or even part of a class session will negatively impact a student's grade. This is because in-class sessions involve activities that count towards the final grade.

If you have scheduling constraints that you know will prevent you from attending class sessions, then it's best not to enroll in 157SL.

I have scheduling constraints that will make it hard for me to complete the 48 hours of community service required for 157SL. What should I do?

All students enrolled in 157SL are required to complete the full 48 hours of community service at one of our partner sites.

If you have scheduling constraints that will make it very difficult or impossible to complete the 48 hours of service for 157SL, then it's best not to enroll in the class.

Can I take COMM 157SL during Summer or Winter semester?

No.  

157SL is offered in Fall and Spring only.

I have questions about 157SL that are not covered here.

No problem! Simply email the course coordinator and/or drop by office hours at your earliest convenience, no appointment needed.