Experiential Learning Requirement

Students in a tai-chi class in McGuffey.

Definition of Experiential Learning

SR 14-21 defines experiential learning as the process of making meaning from direct experience in a real world or an "out of the traditional classroom" context. It offers students the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings.

In experiential learning, educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and written reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify perspectives or values.

Experiential Learning Categories

Experiential learning may fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Research enables students to engage in systematic inquiry that contributes to the discovery or interpretation of knowledge significant to their field of study. Research can be applied, descriptive, experimental, creative, inferential, observational, or theoretical. Examples can include: a course that involves client-based project, Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program, FYRE Program, honors thesis, or significant independent work focusing on research and including a presentation, lab, or archive component.
  • Creative and Artistic Activities enable students to engage in various forms of creative expression to produce works that reflect a synthesis of knowledge and skills. Examples include recitals, exhibitions, or other significant artistic projects that would take significant training as well as the equivalent of at least a semester to prepare.
  • Community/Civic Engagement enables students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds, to challenge their understanding of community needs, and to explore ways of partnering with community members to address problems or improve community life. Examples include Service-Learning courses, semester-long community engagement, or civic projects.
  • Career and Practical Experiences enable students to use skills and concepts learned in the classroom while engaging in work-like settings that relate to their field of study.or possible career path. Examples include internship, co-ops, student teaching, Undergraduate Associates Program, tutoring experience, practical, or clinical experiences.

Basic Criteria for the Experiential Learning Requirement

Both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing experiences may be proposed for EL designation. All GMP EL experiences must include the following:

  • significant opportunities for the student to apply academic ideas, concepts, theories and/or skills to practice;
  • Significant experience-based learning beyond that which typically occurs in the undergraduate classroom or class-related laboratory setting;
  • sustained and significant interaction throughout the experience between the student and his/her faculty/staff mentor(s);
  • sustained student involvement or immersion (with the total amount of time committed by the student being roughly equal at least to that required for a one-credit-hour course);
  • a meaningful opportunity for student reflection (e.g., with a portfolio, final essay, faculty/student meeting or other opportunity) at the conclusion of the experience (and idealy throughout the experience as well); and
  • a level of academic rigor and education effectiveness comparable to what is found in a typical Miami University undergraduate course.

Qualifiers for EL designation

  • Courses that carry the "SL" designation
  • Internships that carry the 340 number
  • Independent studies (numbered 177, 277, 377, or 477) that carry the "R" or "E" modifiers
  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program
  • First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) Program
  • Undergraduate Associates Program with corresponding one-hour independent study
  • Senior recital courses
  • Professional portfolio courses
  • Highwire Brand Studio and other client-based practica
  • Semester-long student teaching experience
  • Tutor training courses and experiences
  • Clinical and practicum courses

Courses that meet the EL requirement

  • ACC 370 Applied Accounting Research
  • AES 310/311/410/411 Air Force ROTC Leadership Laboratory
  • AMS/IES 278 Introduction to Food Systems and Food Studies 
  • ART 395 Art Across the Curriculum
  • ATH 415 Field Methods in Archaeology
  • ATH 416 Applying Archaeology
  • ATH 425 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • ATH 426 Field Research
  • ATH 465 Ethnography of Communication
  • ATH 496 Observing Primate Behavior
  • ATH/BIO 498 Evolution of Human Behavior
  • ARC 101,102 Beginning Design Studio
  • ARC 201,202 Architecture Studio
  • ARC 105 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARC 113,114 Methods of Presentation, Representation, and Re Presentation
  • ARC 404 Graphics Seminar
  • ART 271 Sculpture I
  • ART 391 Field Study in Art History
  • ART 419 Supervised Student Teaching in Art
  • ART 432 Painting V
  • ART 442 Printmaking V
  • ART 451 The Professional Portfolio
  • ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio
  • ART 457 Photography V
  • ART 462 Ceramics V
  • ART 464 Jewelry Design and Metals IV
  • ART 472 Sculpture V
  • ART 492 Professional Artist's Portfolio and Exhibition Experience
  • ART 498 History and Methods in Art and Architectural History
  • BIO 320 Directed Research
  • BIO 419R Independent Research Capstone
  • BSC 321 Research in Applied Biology
  • BUS 101 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 102 Foundations of Business Communication
  • BUS 104 Introduction to Computational Thinking for Business
  • CEC/CIT 205 Agile Launchpad I
  • CEC 488 Senior Capstone - Special Projects
  • CHM 480 Honors Research
  • CIT 220 Professional Practice
  • CIT 457 IT Project Lifecycle I: Requirements and Design
  • CIT 458 IT Project Lifecycle II: Implementation and Deployment
  • CIT 468 Health Information Technology Project Lifecycle 
  • CJS 220 Criminal Field Justice Experience
  • CMA 301 Community Arts Practicum
  • CMR 220 Professional Practice
  • CPB 471 Engineering Design I
  • CPB 472 Engineering Design II
  • CRE 402 Engaged Learning Practicum
  • CRE/SJS/SOC 470 Social and Political Activism
  • CSE 448/449 Senior Design Project
  • ECE 448/449 Senior Design Project
  • EDl 301 Student Development in Residence Halls
  • EDL464 Community-Based Leadership and Change
  • EDP 419F Supervised Teaching Mild/Moderate
  • EDP 459 Practicum in Special Education
  • EDP 471 Literacy Seminar Clinical
  • EDT 252M Early School Experience Middle Childhood
  • EDT 310 Applications of Peer Education
  • EDT 419 Teaching Internship
  • EGS 301 Writing and the Professions
  • ENG 321 Literary Marketplace
  • ENG 414 Usability and User Experience
  • ENG 415 Professional Writing Capstone
  • ENG 460 Creative Writing Capstone
  • ENG 480 Honors Research
  • ENT 497/498 Senior Design Project
  • ESP 103 Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • ESP 321 Startup Entrepreneurship
  • ESP 461 Entrepreneurial Enterprise Consulting
  • FSW 412 Senior Seminar in Social Work I
  • FSW 413 Senior Seminar in Social Work II
  • FSW 490 Professional Issues in Family Science
  • FSW 494 Internship with Families and Children
  • GEO/IES/LAS 412 Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica
  • GEO/LAS 413 IES 423 Tropical Marine Ecology
  • GEO 442 Advanced GIS
  • GEO 459 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning
  • GEO 491 Senior Seminar
  • GEO 493 Urban Field Experience
  • GHS 401 Global Health Experience
  • GLG 311 Geoenvironmental Field Methods
  • GLG 411 Field Geology
  • GTY 310 Opening Minds Through ART (OMA) 
  • HON 181 Foundations of Engaged Learning I
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone in History
  • HST 435 Public History Practicum
  • HST 480 Departmental Honors
  • IES/ITL231 Italian Food Cultures in Context (3) 
  • IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum
  • IMS 452 Senior Degree Project
  • ISA 406 IT Project Management
  • ISA 496 Business Analytics Practicum
  • JRN 421 Capstone in Journalism
  • KNH 286A-F Practicum: Athletic Training
  • KNH 402 Critical Reflections on Practices in Health and Physical Culture
  • KNH 403 Professional Practices: Dietetics
  • KNH 420 Internship
  • KNH 495 Practicum in Sport Leadership and Management
  • MAC 425 Inside Hollywood
  • MAC 426 Inside Washington Summer
  • MAC 427 Inside Washington Semester
  • MAC 454 The Washington Community
  • MBI 440 Research Problems
  • MBI 487,488,489 Medical Lab Science Practicum
  • MGT 432 Global Strategic Sourcing
  • MGT 474 Human Capital Consulting
  • MKT 292 Careers in Marketing
  • MKT 442 Highwire Brand Studio
  • MKT 495 Strategy Works
  • MME 448/449 Senior Design Project
  • MUS 142, 144 Applied Music
  • MUS 242, 244 Applied Music
  • MUS 442, 444 Applied Music
  • MUS 359 Instrumental Methods-Elementary and Secondary
  • MUS 419 Supervised Teaching in Music
  • MUS 481-482 Advanced Study In Special Subjects
  • MUS 494 Senior Recital
  • NSC 301 Community-Based Practicum I
  • NSC 302 Community-Based Practicum II
  • NSC 410 Leadership Practicum
  • NSG 302 Intermediate Nursing Practicum
  • NSG 343 Health Care Informatics
  • NSG 349 Introduction to Principles of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
  • NSG 352 Childbearing Family Clinical
  • NSG 354 Nursing Care Adult Clients I-Clin
  • NSG 362 Nursing Care Adult Clients II-Clin
  • NSG 420 Focused Practicum BSN roles
  • NSG 430 Nursing Care of Aggregates: Families and Communities 
  • NSG 452 Nursing Care Mental Health Dis-Clinic
  • NSG 464 Nursing Care Multi-System Health-Clinic
  • PSY 112 Foundational Experiences in Psychology
  • PSY 320Z Psychology of Dogs: Foundations
  • SJS 215 Empower I: Service Learning
  • SJS 216 Empower II: Service Learning
  • SOC 260A Internship
  • SOC 440A Field Experience Applied Sociology
  • SOC 462 Applied Sociological Research
  • SPA 493 Senior Seminar in Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • STA 475 Data Practicum
  • STC 478 Inside New York City - Study Away
  • THE 200 Production and Performance Practicum
  • THE 400 Advanced Production and Performance Practicum
  • UNV 172 First Year Research Experience
  • WGS 402 Engaged Learning Practicum
  • WST 341 Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action