Experiential Learning Requirements for the Department of Arts, Languages, & Philosophy

All undergraduate majors in the Department of Arts, Languages, & Philosophy are required to complete at least one department-approved experiential learning activity to qualify for graduation.

Students first propose the activity to the department by filling out the Experiential Learning Proposal form and getting it approved by both their academic advisor and the department chair. This step should be completed at least a year prior to the student’s graduation date.

Upon completion of the experiential learning activity, the student will submit a reflection essay to their advisor and the department chair.

Sample opportunities include, along with recommended durations:

  • Undergraduate Research (2 Semesters)
  • Co-op (2 Semesters)
  • Internship (1 Semester)
  • Leadership Position (2 Semesters)
  • Department Student Design Teams (2 Semesters)
  • Mentor/Coach/Tutor (2 Semesters)
    Study Abroad (1 Semester)
  • Service Learning (2 Semesters)
  • Student Design Team (2 Semesters)

The following are more specific suggestions from the website of the Office of Undergraduate Studies:

  • Undergraduate research (OURE projects, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Honors Academy senior research project, etc.)
  • Co-Op, summer internship, and externships in industry or at a research center • Significant participation on a student design team
  • Study abroad
  • S&T sponsored service learning (e.g., EWB, Bio Sci and Psychology capstone service learning or internship projects, Miner Challenge)
  • Significant involvement in national/international competitions such as Chem-E Car, IEEE Robotics, etc.
  • Field camp/ field trip experiences of significant duration and intensity • Practicum or formalized student teaching
  • Mentor/coach/tutor over a sustained period in an S&T sponsored mentoring program (Student Success Coaches, Peer Learning Assistant, On-Track Mentor, Opening Week Mentor - which continues through the academic year with programming such as ReConnect1 and 2)
  • Paraprofessional, mentoring, peer teaching positions ( Resident Assistants, Programming Resident Assistants, Chancellors Leadership Academy Advisors, Peer Involvement Advisors, Miner Mentors, Joe’s P.E.E.R.S., Health Related Careers Mentoring Program, Admissions Ambassadors, PRO Leaders)
  • Leadership positions within student governing boards (Student Council, Student Union Board, Inter-fraternity Council, PanHellenic Council, Greek Chapter Executive board, Residence Hall Page 3 of 3 Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Executive Board, Cultural Activities Planning Committees, Student Judicial Boards, Student Athlete Advisory Committee)
  • Year-long leadership involvement experiences (Global Leaders Institute, Chancellor’s Leadership Academy, Student Leadership Conference Chair, Intercollegiate Athletics Team)
  • Leadership workshops and retreats (NRHA Leadership Trip, Greek Chapter retreats, Backpack to Briefcase, Student Leadership Conference, Sue Shear Leadership Academy)
  • Activities provided in campus residences that are judged as an effective conduit for Missouri S&T to connect students’ in-class experiences to their life within the campus community. A variety of activities are provided to support academic success and enhance professionalism, time management, leadership, project management, and interpersonal, and communication skills. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive or restrictive. The faculty in each degree program must come to consensus on activities they will accept within the structure and expectations of their degree programs; however, activities must embody the spirit and intent of the Missouri S&T definition and implementation guidelines delineated above.

Other possibilities may include:

  • presenting a paper or project at a conference
  • presenting or publishing any substantial creative activity involving philosophy that is not for academic credit
  • any community organization work that is approved by a philosophy faculty member

Required experiential learning form


Experiential learning opportunities

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