Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

CEL EXPL Courses

The Center for Experiential Learning 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.

For Spring 2019, the following courses will 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

This course 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 an organization in the community. 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.

In Spring 2019, students will work with Chicago Friends School, a Quaker school located in the local community, near Rogers Park. Chicago Friends School is interested in learning how they can be more inclusive and diverse. They are interested in engaging the community through more inclusive practices and having a more diverse student body reflecting the community around them. Studying what other organizations are doing and interviewing members of the school are potential ways to address their research questions around “How can we be more inclusive and diverse?


Susan Haarman, M.Div
Associate Director - Service Learning
Phone: 773.508.7080

 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 Cynthia P. Stewart, Academic Internship Program Manager to set up a meeting. Prior to scheduling the meeting, please complete this information form.


Cynthia P. Stewart, PhD
Assistant Director, Academic Internships
Phone: 773.508.6090