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  • How to Satisfy the Experiential Education Requirement

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    There are many ways to fulfill the Ex Ed requirement. However, it is important that students discuss their specific requirements with their academic advisors.

    In general, the Ex Ed requirement can be fulfilled in the following ways:

    • Cooperative Education is a course in which you apply classroom learning in paid, academically relevant work experience.
    • Ex Ed Classes are courses that meet the Ex Ed requirement through field work. Examples include Math Modeling, Storytelling, and Information Systems Project Management. Certain academic departments have courses that students must take in order to meet the Ex Ed requirement for their majors. For instance:
      • Education majors must complete student teaching in order to graduate; this fulfills their Ex Ed requirement.
      • The Leon Hess Business School requires all of their majors to complete a management course titled Strategic Management; this course fulfills the Ex Ed requirement for business majors.
    • Internships are courses in your major where you work in a field placement and apply your classroom learning to duties assigned by the employer. These positions can be paid or unpaid depending upon the tasks you are assigned.
    • Research Projects give students, particularly in the sciences, an opportunity to work with a faculty member to conduct research, which can be funded from external sources.
    • Service Learning courses allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to projects that meet community needs. Students work with a faculty sponsor to complete related academic assignments. Through service learning, students work with nonprofits, schools, or governmental organizations.
    • Study Abroad gives students the opportunity to study in England, Italy, Spain, or Australia. Students spend a semester or a summer studying in these countries.

    For more detailed definitions and information on these Ex Ed components, please view this handout.