Reflection, awareness, and integration are the hallmarks of the Nazareth College undergraduate experiential learning requirement in the core curriculum. To integrate these out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, you will:

  • Describe and reflect on what you have learned — and how. This enhances your learning by building connections between your experiences, career development goals, and civic life — and prepares you to discuss all of this at a job interview.
  • Explore, evaluate, and articulate your personal and social values.
  • Integrate and apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the classroom to practical experiences and problems locally and in our world.

Experiential learning pathways

Seven types of experiential learning meet Nazareth's core requirement:

  1. Service Learning
  2. Student Leadership, including Nazareth Leadership program
  3. Internships
  4. Co-curricular Service (Alternative BreaksPartners for ServingPartners for LearningNazareth College Connection, Conversation Partner Program, and LifePrep)
  5. Field & Clinical Experiences
  6. Study Abroad (requirements for EL Abroad Short-Term, and EL Abroad Year/Semester credit.)
  7. Mentored Scholarly & Creative Activity 

Credit-bearing courses that satisfy the EL requirement are listed in the Student Planning course catalog; select the course level of "experiential learning" to see a list.


Cassandra Matalavage

Student Spotlight

Tutoring students in Rochester as a freshman was eye-opening and shifted her career plans, says Cassandra "Cassie" Matalavage '17. Taking the time to reflect on her experiences was key. Click for the full story.

National Recognition

Nazareth President Daan Braveman won the 2016 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education from the National Society for Experiential Education. The honor recognizes his leadership in integrating experiential learning into the campus strategic plan, fortifying community-campus partnerships, and implementing a core curriculum that requires all students to participate in these learning experiences.