Experiential Learning in the Arts
In November, we broke down our Bachelor of Arts program for you. If you haven’t read that article, we recommend checking it out for key facts.
Recently we outlined how experiential learning works at U of G. You can find that overview on our website.
Today we’re providing examples of curricular and course-based experiential learning opportunities available to BA (Bachelor of Arts) students here at U of G. Keep in mind that these are just a small sample of everything that is available to you as a Guelph student.
Let's dive in...
In these courses you will investigate topics in your field of study with the support of a faculty or staff supervisor. This research could take place in an academic, industry or community setting.
In the past, BA students have completed research projects, written papers in language courses, explored topics in digital music, completed independent study courses in geography and even examined human rights from various contexts.
We offer two for-credit certificates that will complement any degree program AND look great on a resumé. Within these certificate programs you will complete 2.50 credits of coursework as well as 120 hours of community engagement or leadership practice.
Our Certificate in Leadership will teach you to apply various leadership models in a variety of organizational settings.
Our Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship explores how diversity in our world contributes to both problems and solutions.
These courses ask students to work with a community organization and use their education and acquired skills to implement activities that benefit both the student and the community. These experiences can happen in Guelph, Canada or internationally.
Our BA students have participated in political science seminars, taken workplace learning courses in history, completed upper year language courses, studied topics in ethnomusicology and more, all under the curricular community engaged learning umbrella.
Co-op opportunities currently exist for several BA majors including Economics, Mathematical Economics, Political Science and Psychology.
Completing the co-op stream of a program gives you relevant work experience, allows you to build your professional network and develop transferrable skills that will help you succeed in the workplace – all while getting paid. You can complete your placements anywhere in Canada or internationally!
These courses include structured projects, lab work, design work, simulations, performances and case studies so that you can build and develop your skills and display what you’ve learned.
Examples of courses with integrated experiential learning include Applied Human Geography, Applied Geomatics, International Relations of Middle East, The Uses of History and Introduction to performance courses.
Several majors offer field courses which can take place in a partial or full semester. These courses are led by faculty and prepare you for professional work. In a typical field course you will engage in first-hand investigation and analysis directly in a field location.
Examples of these courses include Field Research, Social Studies and Topics in Political Science. We recommend getting in touch with your program counsellor to find out what field courses are available within your program.
These courses allow you to work under the guidance of a professional to develop skills related to your field of study. These opportunities include internships, externships and practicums.
Professional Practice Courses are typically available in upper years however in some majors such as Music, you can begin as early as your first year!
Again, these examples are just a fraction of experiential learning opportunities available to Guelph students. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting additional examples available to students in our other degree programs. In the meantime we highly recommend that you review our Experiential Learning Catalogue and make note of what you think would contribute positively to your university experience!