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 Fall 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 290: Seminar in Community-Based Service and Leadership - Refugee Issues

This course is a seminar course focusing on community-based service and leadership with a specific focus on issues facing the refugee community. As a service-learning course, students will work a minimum of 20 hours over the semester through direct service at a non-profit, community-based organization serving refugee communities, approved by the Center for Experiential Learning as well as develop a project for another community partner serving the refugee population. Students will reflect on their service experience in the context of asset mapping, organizational action research, civic engagement, social justice, and leadership in the community as service for the common good. 


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

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
Phone: 773.508.3886

EXPL 393: Seminar in Integrative Leadership

Are you currently in a leadership position, work on-campus, part of an internship and want to know more about what makes a leader, how to connect leadership theories, and ways to improve your leadership skills? This is a seminar course for student leaders in approved co-curricular programs (e.g., ABI leaders, student organization executive board, Loyola4Chicago leaders, on-campus position, student government, work study, etc.). Students in this course will complete at least 100 hours in a leadership experience in the context of integrative leadership theory culminating in a portfolio to demonstrate holistic leadership capacity. To enroll, contact Brody Tate.


Brody Tate
Learning Portfolio Program Manager
Phone: 773.508.3952