Service learning

Cross cultural in Kentucky

Service-learning and cross-cultural options

Service-learning is a way of integrating classroom learning, personal growth and development and service to one's community. At Bluffton, you may engage in service-learnng through a general education or major-specific course. Or you may seek out short-term or semester-long service-learning opportunities.

  • Individualized service/internship opportunities at the Allen County Juvenile Treatment and Detention Center
  • The annual student-organized Cabaret for a Cause benefits local non-profit organizations
  • Service-learning projects are often a key component of Honors Program courses.
  • The capstone course "Christian Values in a Global Community" asks students to integrate their liberal arts studies, cross-cultural experiences and disciplinary perspectives to find ethical responses to community problems
  • An overarching Civic Engagement Theme is chosen each year to be woven into academic presentations, student-life activities and more. Previous themes have included environmental stewardship, public health, immigration and poverty.


Every Bluffton student benefits from cross-cultural learning which is a requirement for graduation. Many students complete this requirement though an international or domestic experience during the May term. Other students choose an in-depth immersion of a semster-long option. Students share about  their cross-cultural experience in a Forum presentation and photo contest.