Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

One of the ways the honors experience differs from the traditional university experience is through the honors experiential learning component. A hallmark of the University Honors Program involves bringing ideas to life. As a result, Honors students are required to participate in at least one experiential learning project per year to enhance their undergraduate education.

The University Honors Program maintains a variety of options for students to fulfill the Experiential Learning Requirement. Most projects fall under three categories: Academic, Service, and Leadership.

Students should investigate which project is appropriate for them and make arrangements as early as possible in the fall semester. Registration for all projects-including ones that will take place in the spring-will occur via an emailed survey early in the fall semester. A second survey in late spring will be used for the reflection process.

Summary of steps:

  • Students decide on their project.
    (First-year students will complete the project as part of their FYE courses.)
  • Students will fill out Experiential Learning Project Registration Survey sent to them by the University Honors Program via Survey Monkey. Completion of the survey is mandatory. All surveys will be complete by September 30.
  • Students will work on their project over the course of the year.
  • In late spring all students will complete the Experiential Learning Project Reflection Survey sent to them by the University Honors Program via Survey Monkey. Completion of the survey is mandatory. All surveys will be complete by April 16.
  • Students will also arrange with their project supervisor for a letter of verification of the project’s completion to be sent to the University Honors Program by April 30.*
  • Failure to complete any of these steps may result in removal from the University Honors Program.

*Letters of Verification must come from the supervisor or mentor of the project.  The letter (or email) should be sent to Dr. Francis Desiderio at francisdesiderio@georgiasouthern.edu or to him at University Honors Program, PO Box 8130, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460.  These letters may be brief and simply state that the student completed the project as claimed. All letters of verification for volunteer/service-learning projects must state that the student worked for at least 25 hours on the project. (Fewer than 25 hours is considered an incomplete project, and it will not count.)

Note on summer projects: Students may complete projects in the summer that will count for the following academic year’s requirement.  A registration survey for summer projects is distributed in May. Students complete projects in the summer.  The reflection survey is distribute in August, and that survey and the letters of verification are due September 1.

Last updated: 9/19/2017

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