Experiential learning, or learning-by-doing, is the personal acquisition of knowledge through practice. Simply to serve, intern, practice, or experience are not by themselves to engage in experiential learning of the university sort, because the experience can go beyond systematic learning. The closest and often the strongest links held through learning-by-doing are within academic practices. These experiences integrate academic learning and professional practice through practicums, community service, workshops, practice competitions, public demonstrations, and more.

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.

Honors in your major earns you 12 honors credits.

Engaged Social Innovation, a major offered through Interdepartmental Studies, earns you 12 honors credits.

Research earns you up to 12 honors credits:

Are you participating in research but don't see an option to get honors credit for it above? Fill out the Research Experience Verification Form!

Study Abroad earns you up to 11 honors credits depending on the length of your time abroad:

  • 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.

Internships earn you up to 11 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.

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 through the following options: