An important component to academic growth is the development of intellectual curiosity. During this process students are active learners who seek answers, rather than simply gather information. These experiences are generally for credit and are developed with and supervised by faculty.
Creating Experiences Outside the Classroom
Experiential learning encompasses the process of actively reflecting on learning by doing and is concerned with concrete issues related to the learner, and the contextual learning space. The College is dedicated to ensuring that our students have at least one experiential learning opportunity prior to graduating. Doing so broadens one’s academic development by the transfer of knowledge gained in the classroom to adaptable, applicable, and practical situations. This can be accomplished through independent research, internships, and service learning.
Experiential learners have been known to develop increased self-awareness, motivation, and confidence, and transferable skills. These experiences exist outside of the classroom but are equally challenging and gratifying.
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Internships are temporary work experiences whereby participants gain exposure to the work world by developing applicable skills. Interns are either financially compensated (by the organization) or earn college credit. Duties vary by organization but are clearly outlined prior to faculty approval if credit is being offered.
In effort to address real societal needs, students commit to combining learning objectives to an educational approach that drives pragmatic outcomes. Many of our students engage in fulfilling national and international service learning projects with Alternative Spring Break, coordinated by University student leaders through the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.
Study Abroad in the College of Arts & Sciences
Studying abroad can be a life-defining experience that expands one’s social and cultural outlook. In light of this, it is important for students to think seriously about the best options.Learn More