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Experiential Learning Requirement

What Is the Experiential Learning Requirement?

Experiential learning is an approach to education that purposefully engages learners in direct, applied experiences and focuses on reflection and critical analysis in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values and career interests, and develop students' capacity to contribute to their communities (Association for Experiential Education). Experiential learning is at the heart of Sixth College's mission to ensure our students graduate with the ability to engage each other and the world.

The experiential learning requirement embeds these values into our curriculum and general education requirements. To fulfill the requirement, students must complete a four-unit, upper-division experiential learning course within one of the five fulfillment tracks: Community Engagement, Internship and Apprenticeship, Research and Design, Art and Performance, or Global Experience.

What Will You Gain From the Experiential Learning Requirement?

Applied Knowledge

You will learn how to apply academic theories and concepts to real-world settings and situations.

Lifelong Learning

You will gain experience in taking ownership of your own, self-directed learning.

Professional Development

You will develop professionalism through learning about different expectations and cultures across fields and career areas.

Civic Engagement

You will learn how to play an active role in improving your community and addressing societal issues.

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Bill Robertson Geibel, Associate Director of Experiential Learning

Jeanne Monahan, Experiential Learning Coordinator

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