Community Involvement and Volunteering

The following guidelines apply only to students who began UHP prior to Fall 2018. Students beginning Fall 2018 or later should consult the Current Honors Requirements.

With UHP approval, either of the following may qualify as an Honors Experience:

  • Service-Learning: a service-learning course offered at the University of Minnesota for credit. While credit bearing service-learning courses count as Honors Experiences, the credits do not count toward fulfilling the yearly minimum credit requirement for honors coursework.
  • Volunteering: a volunteer experience that allows you to donate free time, services, and skills to help the community (campus, neighborhood, town, country, or global) on an unpaid, frequent, and on-going basis. Faith-based or politically-motivated opportunities are potential options as long as volunteer time is not spent recruiting. A minimum of 45 hours per semester is required.

Community Involvement Experiences for Students Beginning Fall 2018 or Later

Students beginning Fall 2018 or later must complete the CCEL Module to earn an Honors Experience for their community involvement work. For Fall 2018, students must attend the CCEL info session in 106 Northrop on either Friday, September 28th from 2:30–3:30pm or Tuesday, November 6th from 3–4pm.

Community Involvement Resources

Volunteering with UHSA: The University Honors Student Association provides honors students with frequent volunteer opportunities. Participating in these events is a simple and meaningful way for you to start getting involved in the community. Read the UHP Weekly News for notification of upcoming events.

Service-Learning at the U of M: Courses that combine volunteering in the community with a structured learning environment. Credit-bearing service-learning courses automatically count as non-course Honors Experiences, but still require the submission of an experience approval form.

Volunteering in the Twin Cities: The Center for Community-Engaged Learning offers resources and advising to help you find a volunteer organization that fits your interests.

Community Engagement Scholars Program: Recognizes students for substantially integrating community engagement into their undergraduate education.