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Experiential Education Degree Requirement


Each graduating student of UNH must complete at least one Experiential Education opportunity as part of his or her academic program. Experiential Education allows students to relate academic learning to practical experience The Experiential Education requirement will allow students the opportunity to explore career options through work-integrated learning, contribute to original research through faculty- mentored research opportunities, impact the community while advancing learning objectives through academic service learning, or broaden their understanding of our global society through study abroad/or study away.

Critical to the concept of Experiential Education is the integration of theoretical knowledge with applied skills. Students should consult with their academic advisors on the integration of their academic and career goals with Experiential Education, identifying the best opportunity to meet their individual goals.

Flexibility of the Baccalaureate Degree Experiential Education Requirement

As the intent of the Experiential Education degree requirement at UNH is to encourage students to learn through experience, collaboration, and discovery, UNH extends the concept of flexibility to the Experiential Education degree requirement.

Except as described below, all students will be expected to complete at least one Experiential Education Opportunity during their academic programs at the University of New Haven. The University of New Haven defines Experiential Education to include Work-Integrated learning (Internship, co-op, practicum); Academic Service Learning (designated by “s” in the schedule of classes); Study Abroad/Study Away; and Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Students may, with the permission of the appropriate Dean’s representative:

  1. Substitute an Independent Study experience course that contributes to the student’s academic goals in an applied way as deemed appropriate to the learning objectives of the program by the faculty advisor.

  2. Meet the requirement through transferring in a comparable experience-based course from an accredited institution. Thus, a student who successfully completes an Experiential Education experience at one college, prior to transferring to UNH, will not be required to complete another Experiential Education requirement. However, as there are various modes of offering Experiential Education throughout the University, students transferring to a new program within UNH may find that a required course that is also is Experiential Education course must still be taken.