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Center for Experiential Learning

CEL UNIV Courses

‌Throughout the academic year, staff from the Center for Experiential Learning teach or support a number of interdisciplinary courses that engage Loyola students in experiential learning opportunities that take them beyond the traditional classroom.  All of these courses are open to students from all the university's schools and colleges; all of them fulfill the University's "Engaged Learning" Requirement.

Detailed information on the various CEL courses and their instructors can be found in LOCUS, or by clicking on the course-specific links below:

UNIV 290: Seminar in Community-Based Service and Leadership

With the focus on “Organizing for Power and Community Change,” this service-learning course explores how urban communities mobilize for political and social change.  A tradition of civic and political activism has been part of the ethos of our northeast side neighbor communities (Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Lake View) for several generations.  UNIV 290 will examine the ways in which community leaders have organized to bring important change to their neighborhoods. Students will, for the most part, be placed with ONE Northside (www.onenorthside.org) for 35-40 hours of service. ONE Northside is a multi-issue, multi-ethnic community organization that has organized using the Alinsky model of organizing for more than four decades.  Student experiences will be a critical component of the course as we will borrow heavily from these experiences to understand and analyze various tools of democracy used by community groups across the country.

Jon Schmidt, Service-Learning Program Manager



UNIV 390:  Internship Seminar: Organizational Change & Community Leadership

This course is a seminar course focused on organizational and community leadership through experiential learning with a non-profit organization, government agency, or business. Students work 10 to 19 hours per week for a total of 100 hours over the course of one semester. Students reflect on their experiences in the context of leadership, organization theory, civic engagement, and personal and professional development. Internships may be paid or unpaid but students holding an advanced student employment/federal work-study position must be employed by Loyola University Chicago in an on-campus or community-based federal work-study position. 

Danielle Forchette

Academic Internship Program Manager




For Social Justice Internship Program participants, there is a separate section of UNIV 390 and the contact is:

Andrew Miller, Community Partnerships Coordinator


UNIV 393: Seminar in Integrative Leadership

This 3-credit seminar course focuses on integrative leadership through student engagement in co-curricular leadership opportunities/field work, similar to an internship. Students will engage in a co-curricular leadership opportunity for 5-10 hours/week for a minimum of 100 hours/semester, while reflecting on their experiences in the context of integrative leadership – or the holistic understanding of one’s leadership identity, capacity, and style in varying dimensions and contexts.  Students will be required to explore their leadership identity by creating an ePortfolio to showcase and demonstrate the intersection of their skills, abilities, leadership capacity, and experiences. Students holding a leadership position in a student organization and/or co-curricular program may be eligible to enroll in UNIV 393.  Enrollment in UNIV 393 requires permission of the instructors:

Michelle Kusel

ePortfolio Program Manager




Center for Experiential Learning · 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Shipping address: Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3366 · Fax: 773.508.3955 · E-mail: experiential@luc.edu

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