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Experiential Learning (EL)

Reflection, awareness and integration are the hallmarks of the Nazareth College undergraduate Experiential Learning requirement. You may choose to engage in one (or more!) diverse EL Pathways depending on your interests. But no matter which one you choose, you will be challenged to:

  • Describe and reflect on what you have learned and how you came to learn it
  • Explore, evaluate and articulate your values--both personal and social
  • Integrate and apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the classroom to practical experiences and problems found in our world. 

How is Experiential Learning integrated with the other parts of the Uncommon Core?

Ideally, you will take part in a number of EL Pathways while you are at Nazareth College. From these, you will choose the one that best fits with your Integrative Studies to be your 'Exemplar EL'. If you aren't able to choose an EL Pathway that has clear connections with your IS, then your Exemplar EL should be connected with your Major. In any case, you will connect your EL with what you learn in the classroom both while you are in the middle of it, and afterwards in the Core Milestone Experience.

(If you are unable to complete your EL before you take the Core Milestone Experience, you will use the CME to learn from other students about the various EL Pathways, what is possible in each, and which one may best suit your interests.)

Experiential Learning Pathways

At present there are seven EL Pathways at Nazareth College:

  • Service Learning (course-based)
  • Student Leadership
  • Internships
  • Co-curricular Service
  • Educational Field Hours, Student Teaching, Practica & Clinicals
  • Study Abroad (Click here for Student Requirements for EL Abroad Short-Term, and here for EL Abroad Year/Semester programs)
  • Undergraduate Creative Activity, Research & Scholarship (U-CARS)

For a list of the credit-bearing activities that satisfy the EL requirement, logon to Naznet and view the courses with the 'Experiential Learning' attribute. 

Check out some examples of Experiential Learning experiences below!

Approved Experiential Learning Activities

Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Breaks program entails short-term service immersion programs. These programs provide students the opportunity to engage with a variety of diverse cultures, peoples and experiences through intentional, reciprocal relationships built with community partners.

Partners for Serving

A semester long commitment to Partners for Serving incorporates students working in the city of Rochester through the Federal Work Study program to assist our Partner agencies in achieving their goals while students build relationships with diverse individuals, strengthen their professional skills and heighten their social awareness.

To learn more about Partners for Serving, click here.

Student Leadership

Using a student's position in an Undergraduate Association organization, students will be encouraged to apply the characteristics of leadership to their work as student leaders, with leadership skills developed through the use of skills inventories, belief mapping, pre- and post- reflection, and conversations with Activity Leaders.

To learn more about student leadership opportunities at Nazareth, check out the Undergraduate Association website, or email Director of Student Activities Carey Backman or Assistant Director of Student Activities Rachel Cordy for more information!

Semester Study Abroad

Through instruction and exploration in a foreign geographical setting, students will be exposed to cultures, languages, and modalities that encourage experiential learning. Through the use of regular reflections and the keeping of a journal, students will be better able to explore, evaluate, and articulate personal and social values in the context of studying abroad.

Click here for more information.

Partners for Learning

Partners for Learning is a work-study program that engages Nazareth students in partnerships with the children, teachers, and staff of ten urban sites. Nazareth students serve as tutors and mentors for elementary and middle school aged children, raising academic performance and educational aspirations of youth, while sharpening professional skills.

For more information about Partners for Learning, please click here.

Resident Assistants

Working as a Resident Assistant is an experience unique to each student who participates, as a result of the variety of living experiences and students RAs will interact with. As a result of work as a RA, students will learn teamwork, an understanding of diversity and community, and how to cope with difficult ethical questions.

For more information about becoming a Resident Assistant, please click here.

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