The Engaged Learning requirement supports the mission of Loyola University Chicago by embedding opportunities for students to explore the many different forms of experiential learning as part of their academic coursework.  As of Fall 2012, all undergraduate students are required to complete at least one Engaged Learning course/s totaling at least three (3) credit hours prior to graduation.

Engaged Learning courses are those that provide all of the following:

  • A structured learning experience integrated into a course that engages students in learning outside the classroom, such as in a community agency, professional organization, or in a research setting
  • Critical reflection on that experience through various assignments in class
  • Synthesis of the experience through a final project or portfolio

Engaged Learning courses may be offered by either individual departments or the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS). This requirement may be satisfied by a course within the Core Curriculum, or in a student’s major or minor, or through an elective course. Students may engage in these courses during the regular academic year, summer semester, J-Term, a capstone course or a study abroad experience.

Categories of Engaged Learning Courses
There are five different categories of classes that satisfy the Engaged Learning requirement.  Click on any category to learn more about that pedagogy and the criteria that define it.

A. Service-Learning

B. Academic Internship

C. Field Work

D. Undergraduate Research

E. Public Performance