Experiential Learning Opportunities
Courses and Practicums
Practicum courses can involve research, lab work, community-based learning activities, theater, art or project-based work. Practicums are two-credit experiential learning options that can be connected to a four-credit base course, or stand alone. Practicums can be taught by faculty or staff, and compensation is available by application to eligible faculty.
A supervised work experience that combines critical thinking, intentional reflection with a student's major or concentration is the definitive example of a successful internship. Being an intern in a company or other organization that matches a student's interest is excellent preparation for entering the workforce and ideal in showcasing a student's mastery in his or her discipline.
Courses that encourage students to work "in the field" provide valuable opportunities to gather data, test hypotheses and implement solutions to issues in our communities and environment. This mode allows students and educators the chance to test ideas, gather more information and input in order to create solutions for issues in the discipline.
Creative Work: Studio and Performance
The Division of Creative Arts at Brandeis is a community of artists and scholars in the fields of fine art, music and theater arts who share the belief that art is the great legacy of human accomplishment and essential to interdisciplinary learning. By uniting creative expression with academic inquiry, we educate our students to become accomplished artists and engaged citizens prepared to contribute to a multicultural society.
The community-engaged learning initiative is an aspect of the university's broad-based commitment to experiential learning. By integrating hands-on practice and thoughtful reflection, community-engaged learning projects enhance the university's commitment to social justice and academic rigor. Through active engagement with local communities, we try to hold up a mirror to ourselves as we work to build an increasingly inclusive and supportive community at Brandeis.
Research and Guided Inquiry
Research and guided inquiry involve the development of new knowledge through scholarly research methods. Students pursue research/inquiry under the guidance of a faculty member, either as an independent-study project or as part of a course.