Engaged Learning: Courses flagged for Engaged Learning integrate classroom studies with experience beyond the classroom, challenging students to use their experiences to think more critically and deeply about what they are studying. Engaged learning combines experiential opportunities with academic preparation and involves active, hands-on learning, critical reflection, and the integration of experience with knowledge. An engaged learning experience could take various forms, including community-based learning (service learning), faculty-mentored research, field experience, an internship or practicum, or Study Abroad. However, students must engage with a real-world problem or issue, connect the out-of-classroom experience with academic content, and reflect critically on the experience. Students must take at least one (1) course satisfying the engaged learning flag. Engaged learning experiences should:

  • Increase content knowledge
  • Enhance the ability to apply knowledge
  • Enhance the ability to integrate knowledge across contexts, disciplines or subdisciplines
  • Encourage critical thinking and problem solving
  • Foster self-awareness and personal developments as individuals

The experience must also address at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Respect for others: Students will demonstrate respect for individual and group difference in their interactions with others
  • Civic knowledge and engagement: Students will apply their knowledge and experiences to address problems of social justice
  • Ethical reasoning: Students will be able to identify ethical issues and propose effective approaches to their resolution
  • Habit of service: Students will participate in activities that engage them in the service of human communities and the natural environment

Course Criteria