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Autumn 2014-2015
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May 15, 2014

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​The Experiential Learning requirement engages students in the first-hand discovery of knowledge through observation and participation in activities, most often in field-based settings outside the classroom. This inductive process of “learning by doing and reflecting” is supported by theory-based information. In these courses, students compare and analyze issues, problems, and ideas through the lenses of their own personal experiences and evolving intellectual worldview.

Experiential learning may take place in a regularly scheduled course, an approved internship, a Study Abroad course, or in an independent study approved on a case-by-case basis (utilizing the proper Independent Study Approval Form).  All such courses may be offered in the student’s major and may count for both major field and Liberal Studies requirements. When more than four credit hours are earned from such an experience – for example, an eight-hour internship – four hours may be counted toward Liberal Studies requirements and four hours toward major program requirements. Experiential Learning is typically taken in the junior year as major field or other foundational knowledge is essential to ensure a successful outcome.

The Experiential Learning requirement engages students in the first-hand discovery of knowledge through observation and participation in activities, most often in field-based settings outside the classroom. This inductive process of “learning by doing and reflecting” is supported by theory-based information. In these courses, students compare and analyze issues, problems, and ideas through the lenses of their own personal experiences and evolving intellectual worldview.

Experiential learning may take place in a regularly scheduled course, an approved internship, a Study Abroad course*, or in an independent study approved on a case-by-case basis (utilizing the proper Independent Study Approval Form).  All such courses may be offered in the student’s major and may count for both major field and Liberal Studies requirements. When more than four credit hours are earned from such an experience – for example, an eight-hour internship – four hours may be counted toward Liberal Studies requirements and four hours toward major program requirements. Experiential Learning is typically taken in the junior year as major field or other foundational knowledge is essential to ensure a successful outcome.

Forms of Experiential Learning

Study Abroad

Study Abroad programs emphasize social, political, historical and cultural understanding through a total immersion into the life and culture of a foreign country. Study trips abroad range in duration from two weeks to a full academic year. 

*Note: Students who participate in non-DPU study abroad programs for transfer credit must petition their respective colleges for JYEL credit.

Domestic Study

For students interested in diverse populations and locations outside Chicago yet within the United States, domestic study courses offer students the opportunity to pursue such inquiry. 

Community-based Service Learning

Community-based Service learning courses provide students with the opportunity to work with a community organization or agency and to reflect upon what they have learned through this service in class discussions. Opportunities are available through the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning.

Internships

Internship courses offer students the opportunity to gain real world experience in hiring, employment, communication, and the culture of businesses or organizations. Students who apply and receive internship opportunities through the University Internship Program register for ISP 250. In addition, some Colleges and departments offer 200-level and 300-level internships that satisfy the experiential learning requirement.

Individual or group research projects

These research projects involve extensive field or laboratory work. The projects are supervised, evaluated and graded by a faculty member.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for Experiential Learning. For information on current offerings, please consult Campus Connection.

Accounting

American Studies

Anthropology

Art Media and Design       

Biology

Catholic Studies

Chemistry

Commerce

Communication

Community Service Studies

Computer Graphics and Animation

Computer Science

Digital Cinema

Education

English

Environmental Sciences

Finance

Geography

Graphic Design

History

Honors Program

Hospitality Studies

Information Technology

Intercultural Communication

International Studies

Latino/Latin American Studies

Liberal Studies Program

Management

Marketing

Mathematics

Music

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies         

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Public Policy Studies

Religious Studies

School for New Learning

Sociology

Spanish

Study Abroad

  • For additional information, please consult the Study Abroad Website.

University Internship Program

Women's and Gender Studies

Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

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