About Engaged Learning
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 Experiential Learning. 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.
Upon designating a course as Engaged Learning, the course remains designated as Engaged Learning until notice is given otherwise. Academic departments and/or faculty instructors must communicate if a course changes (new course number, for example) or if a course retires the Engaged Learning designation; please communicate director with the Dr. Patrick Green, Executive Director, Center for Experiential Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.