Experiential learning, or learning-by-doing, is the personal acquisition of knowledge and skill through practice; and practices can range from those closely connected to one’s career plans, as with research or internships, to those that shape one’s perspective profoundly but may not be closely connected to professional aspirations, as is often the case with study abroad  Students select those experiential learning opportunities that they expect will cultivate the knowledge and skills that interest them; a reflection process facilitates students' ability to understand and articulate how these experiences will integrate with formal academic learning towards their broader self-conceptions and goals.

Important Notice Regarding Experiential Education – Summer 2020  (CIMT approved language issued 5/15/20)

Out of concern for the safety and welfare of its students, the University of Iowa is strongly recommending all Experiential Education activities that are University affiliated (including, but not limited to, internships, externships, field experiences, research activities, clinical programs, practicums, co-ops, student teaching programs, service-learning, etc.) occurring domestically or internationally be conducted virtually/remotely for the duration of summer 2020 due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). University affiliated Experiential Education activities includes those registered for academic credit, transcript notation, and/or where funding or stipend is provided by the University. 

If you are considering an in-person Experiential Education activity, you should consult the University’s COVID-19 web page for domestic and international travel restrictions as well as refer to state and national Public Health Department web pages for up-to-date health and safety information. In addition, you should discuss the health and safety plans of the site with the organizational supervisor of the experience.

Should you, as a student, determine that you will complete an in-person Experiential Education activity, the University is not responsible for your safety or welfare regardless of whether the experience is University affiliated or whether the program was originally sponsored by the University or by another entity. You should recognize the potential health, safety, security, and other risks associated with participation in an in-person Experiential Education activity and make a personal determination whether to pursue or continue in that activity. Globally, these risks include, but are not limited to, disease, illness, exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition, death, inadequate medical care and facilities, and/or other unforeseeable dangers. Should you choose to participate in an in-person Experiential Education activity, you do so voluntarily and assume all risks associated with that decision.

In addition, the University will not be responsible for any costs associated with your decision to participate in an in-person Experiential Education activity. You assume full financial responsibility for any and all costs associated with such participation, including but not limited to, housing, transportation, medical care or treatment for disease, illness or injury, as well as all unanticipated costs associated with COVID-19 related restrictions on, modifications to, and cancellation of the Experiential Education activity. You will also be solely responsible for all health and safety measures in the event of a medical emergency.

Requirements

  • Earn at least 12 honors credits (see semester hour equivalents below) in addition to 12 semester hours of honors coursework by graduation.
  • You can start at any time, but must complete all applied experiences at the time of degree conferral to earn University Honors.

Your 12 honors credits can be earned through one or more experiences.

*NEW* Honors Summer 2020 Project earns you up to 3 credits from home.

Honors in your major earns you 12 honors credits.

Research earns you up to 12 honors credits.

Service Learning earns you up to 12 honors credits.

Study Abroad with Honors Reflection Process earns you up to 12 honors credits depending on the length of your time abroad:

  • up to 1 credit for a 1-2 week experience with questionnaires and narrative
  • up to 2 credits for a 3-5 week experience with reflection process
  • up to 3 credits for a 6-9 week experience with reflection process
  • up to 4 credits for a 10-15 week experience with reflection process
  • Add up to 3 credits by completing an independent project*

*The independent project is not an option for the 1-2 or 3-5 week experience as the duration does not allow enough time for completion.

Note that the reflection process includes a form that must be completed before your experience abroad begins.

Internships with Honors Reflection Process earn you up to 12 honors credits depending on the length of your internship:

  • up to 2 credits for a 3-5 week experience with reflection process
  • up to 3 credits for a 6-9 week experience with reflection process
  • up to 4 credits for a 10-15 week experience with reflection process
  • Add up to 3 credits by completing an independent project*

*The independent project option is not available for a 3-5 week experience as the duration does not allow enough time for completion.

Note that the reflection process includes a form that must be completed before your internship begins.

  • HONR:3100 Honors Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits per semester)
    • Serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) can be an experience that is treated as an internship and for which you can earn honors experiential learning credit.
    • There are different ways to register a teaching assistantship and perhaps the most common is to use HONR:3100 Honors Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits per semester).
    • However you register a teaching assistantship, to earn honors experiential learning credit for serving as a TA, you will need to complete the honors internship reflection assignment

Being an Honors Writing Fellow earns you up to 9 honors credits:

Iowa Policy Research Organization earns you up to 4 honors credits:


Experiential coursework earns you up to 6 credits: