Experiential Learning

Integrative Studies students conduct bird research at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA.
Integrative Studies students conduct bird research at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, VA.

Experiential learning is a key component of the SIS curriculum and helps students connect the classroom to the world. Experiential learning is an umbrella term that includes a wide range of hands-on learning such as internships, service learning, field-based experiences, and guided research. All students enrolled in a BA or BS in integrative studies are encouraged to explore experiential learning opportunities (those enrolled Fall 2016 or prior are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of experiential learning).   

Many SIS courses embed experiential learning opportunities in their design. Students may also pursue experiential learning through other avenues. SIS advisors can help students explore the many options for experiential learning on and off the Mason campus. Whether tracking plant species in the Shenandoah Valley, working with at-risk populations, or designing a website for a non-profit organization, students work with purpose in a non-classroom setting where learning comes alive.

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