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Academic Experiential Learning

Academic Experiential Learning includes a number of activities where the student incorporates a learning experience that takes place outside the classroom or outside the role of a typical undergraduate student.

Academic activities that fulfill the experiential learning requirement include:

Study Abroad: All study abroad trips and exchange programs developed and led through the Office of Global Engagement.

Undergraduate Research Projects (Outside the parameters of the Honors Thesis): Independent research mentored by a faculty member, research assistant positions, and opportunities like National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

Please note that for student-initiated research projects to count for the experiential learning requirement, they must follow at least three criteria: 1) the research cannot be a class assignment, 2) the research cannot be work for the thesis and 3) the research must be mentored by a faculty member.

Peer Leaders: Students may apply to be a Peer Leader through the The Office of First- and Second-Year Programs.  If selected, completion of a semester as a peer leader will fulfill the yearly requirement.

Undergraduate Student Teaching Assistantships and Supplemental Instructors: Teaching assistantships and supplemental instructor positions are available for academically strong and talented students in certain departments. See your department for these opportunities.

Internships, Co-ops, Student Teaching, Clinical Hours in Nursing and Health Sciences: Internships and co-ops must be for academic credit through the student’s academic major or minor OR registered through the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Last updated: 8/4/2020