Field Study Courses

Each year, Oakton offers several credit courses that provide field experiences. These courses can range from the study of the art and architecture of New Orleans to an exploration of indigenous cultures of Peru. Field study courses usually meet during one of the interim sessions or summer.

  • For information about domestic field study courses, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 847.635.1660.
  • For information about international field study courses, contact the Global Studies coordinator at 847.376.7118 or visit

Service Learning

Service learning is a method in which students are engaged in meaningful, real-world experiences beyond the campus environment. Through service learning, students see the connections between the content they are learning in class and the real world, as they develop a deeper understanding of civic-mindedness when giving back to their community. Service learning courses are highly desirable and, in some instances, required by four-year institutions.

There are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge through service learning and volunteer community service. Students can enroll in courses with an integrated service learning component that partner with local community agencies, as well as join college student clubs. Sections of courses that incorporate the service learning component have a designation in the title in the class schedule.

For more information, email or call 847.376.7247. Read more about Volunteering and Service Learning at