The Experiential Learning Requirement encourages students to develop thinking and communication skills in out-of-the-classroom experiences. Students may complete this requirement by being an intern, studying abroad, conducting independent research, taking part in a service-learning project, or holding a leadership position. For more information on each option, click on the links above to contact the respective office, or talk to an academic advisor.
Experiential learning occurs through active involvement in what is being studied -- direct experience with the subject matter while reading, writing, and critically thinking about it. Such direct experience is a necessary component of deep learning.
Through the ELR, students better understand their personal development, skills, and interests. In addition, exposure to diversity helps students see the world through the eyes of others and interact with people more effectively.
Two units of experiential learning are required to fulfill this requirement. Examples of ways a student could complete the ELR include the following:
• Two credits of internship or research (in one term or across two terms)
• Two winter term study abroad courses
• A semester study abroad program
• One service-learning course and one credit of research
• One leadership experience and one credit of internship
• Many other combinations