The Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship offers a number of engaged learning courses (EXPL courses, formerly UNIV) through the center. Throughout the academic year, staff from the Center for Experiential Learning teach a number of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary 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 majors of the university's schools and colleges; all of them fulfill the University's "Engaged Learning" Requirement and will be offered online for the spring 2021 semester.

Each semester, look for these EXPL courses to potentially be offered:

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

EXPL 291: Seminar in Community-Based Research

EXPL 291 is a seminar course focusing on community-based research and leadership in the community. As a service-learning course, students will complete a community-based research project with a local non-profit. Students will reflect on their service and community-based research experience in the context of asset-based community development, the social change model of leadership, social justice, leadership in the community, and research as service for the common good.


Susan Haarman, M.Div, M.Ed
Associate Director - Service-Learning

EXPL 390: Internship Seminar - Organizational Change & CommunityLeadership

EXPL 390 is a 3-credit seminar course that focuses on organizational leadership through an internship or advanced student employment experience. Students work a minimum of 100 hours over the semester at their organization, while reflecting on their work experience in the context of organizational leadership, civic engagement, community development, and leadership in the community. Students will construct a learning portfolio to document and present their learning, growth, and connection between course content and internship experience. This is an interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students from various academic departments.

EXPL 390 fulfills the Engaged Learning requirement and provides for general elective credit. Enrollment in EXPL 390 requires permission of the instructor. To enroll, contact Patrick Green to set up a meeting. Prior to scheduling the meeting, please complete this information form.


Nadia Cristiani
Academic Internship Coordinator
Italian Language Instructor
John Felice Rome Center
Patrick Green, EdD
Executive Director, CELTS
Director, Engaged Learning
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Education

EXPL 391: Seminar in Undergraduate Research Methods

This seminar course offers undergraduate students the experiential opportunity to engage in research while building their foundation of research methods. Students may be part of the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) through a funded fellowship, or students may be working independently with a faculty mentor (volunteering in a lab, working on a research team). All students must have a research project with a faculty mentor identified prior to enrolling in this course. As an experiential learning course, students will need to be engaging in research with a faculty mentor concurrently to taking this course. Students must work a minimum of 5 - 10 hours each week over the semester on their research projects (10 ¿ 15 hours per week over the summer session). Students will reflect on research experience in the context of understanding research paradigms, application of research methodologies, understanding the implications of ethical research, and preparing to present research professionally. This course will provide students engaged in research with the opportunity to develop a formal written research paper and poster, as if the students are preparing to present their research in a professional setting, such as the LUROP Symposium. To enroll, contact Kevin Kaufmann.


Kevin Kaufmann, PhD
Undergraduate Research Program Manager

EXPL 393: Seminar in Integrative Leadership

Seminar in Integrative Leadership requires a student spend 100 semester hours in some type of on-campus leadership role or co-curricular program (note: these can or should be roles students are already involved in such as student government, executive leadership roles, STARS students, ABI Leaders, peer mentors, R.A.’s etc.). The course description is listed below. Feel free to have students reach out to me for any questions/course approval. Please feel free to send this email along to any folks that might have students interested in this course.


Brody C Tate, MEd 
Learning Portfolio Program Manager