Experiential learning takes place when students are given the opportunity to take knowledge learned in the classroom out into the world, where they challenge themselves to put that knowledge to work and to see it in action. These kinds of opportunities take place on study trips abroad or in the United States, in research environments both in the laboratory and in the field, in professional internships, and in community-based service learning projects undertaken in the context of academic courses in H&S. Experiential learning provides a sustained opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in "the real world."
Experiential learning challenges students to:
- apply knowledge;
- engage with diverse audiences; and
- reflect on the personal and professional significance of these experiences.
You will apply skills you learn in class to problems that don’t always have predictable outcomes. You will work closely with faculty and reflect on what you are learning. Most important, your responsibility will extend beyond earning a grade and course credit; the outcomes of experiential learning extend far beyond the classroom.
The Four Models of Experiential Learning
Experiential learning takes many forms. Some disciplines are inherently performance based and hands on—as, for example, theatre and the arts (check out course offerings in these disciplines in the current Catalog). Traditional academic disciplines also offer many opportunities for experiential learning. In the School of Humanities and Sciences, we offer four main types of experiential learning.