Faith-Based Service and Learning
In 1838, the name Judson was synonymous with service. Judson College was named after Ann Hasseltine Judson, the first female foreign missionary. Ann Judson and her husband, Adoniram, began a treacherous journey to Burma, now called Myanmar, in 1812. She served as a translator, itinerant evangelist, and teacher for girls. News about the Judsons and her letters to supporters were widely circulated, making her one of the best known women in the world in the nineteenth century.
175 years later, the name Judson is still synonymous with service. Building on a rich heritage of missions and service, the college has become a nationally recognized leader in community engagement. Our students have helped build and maintain a local park and nature preserve, been involved in initiatives that have helped reduce the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes, and taken an active role in building the first homes ever completed through a USDA Self-Help Housing Program in Alabama.
Each Judson student has the ability to learn how to effectively combine her academic pursuits, her unique skills and talents, and her desire to make a difference. Through our academic service-learning initiatives, students have received academic credit for running after-school tutoring programs, building relationships with residents of a local nursing home, and empowering local non-profit organizations to do their work more effectively. These opportunities help students apply the theoretical knowledge they gain in the classroom in a way that helps people while improving their learning, building their critical thinking skills, and improving their overall college experience.
In 2008, Judson became the first private college in Alabama to receive dual recognition through Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Judson has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll during each of the last seven years, and we were recently recognized by the Washington Monthly for our commitment to “the greater good.”
There are many ways to make your mark on the world. At Judson, we believe there is no greater legacy to leave behind than a life of service to God and to our neighbors. We are committed to helping students discover how they can use any career as a framework for servant leadership in our world. We like to think that doing that would make Ann Judson proud, and we feel confident that it’s helping prepare our students to be women whose names are synonymous with service in the twenty-first century.