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Environmental Studies and the Liberal Arts and Practice

All Beloit College students satisfactorily complete (usually during the junior year) a Liberal Arts in Practice (LAP) experience, which is the equivalent of at least 1 unit of applied or original work extending beyond the traditional classroom. Through undertaking and reflecting on these experiences, students connect their experiences beyond the traditional classroom with their learning in the classroom and transfer the skills developed in those experiences into other settings (from the Beloit College Registrar, http://www.beloit.edu/registrar/for_students/lapform/)

Environmental Studies students may complete the LAP requirement through courses, research, internships, or other activities that relate to geology.  Alternatively, they may complete the LAP experience through other activities such as serving as a resident assistant or teaching assistant, engaging in leadership activities on- or off- campus, or other activities that connect theory to practice.  Three options are available for completing the LAP requirement:

  1. “All inclusive” LAP-designated courses or credit-bearing experience, including some study abroad programs and credit-bearing internships (LAP-1)
  2. A LAP experience followed by successful completion of LAP-2 designated course (LAP-2)
  3. LAP syntheses that combine a LAP experience with reflection and a public presentation (LAP-3)

 

Some options in Environmental Studies:

LAP Courses

  • ENVS280: Environmental Writing (LAP-1)
  • GEOL215: Field Geology (LAP-1)
  • POLS255: Global Political Ecology (LAP-1) 

Study Abroad

  • Independent research on a study abroad program (LAP-1)
  • Coupled with an Office of International Education return seminar (LAP-2)
  • Coupled with reflection and a presentation at International Symposium, Student Symposium, or other public setting (LAP-3)
  • Volunteer and/or internship activities (LAP-1, LAP-2, or LAP-3)

Internships

Research Opportunities

Jobs (On-Campus and/or Off-Campus)

  • Coupled with reflection, a project, and a presentation in a related course or during Student Symposium (LAP-3)
  • Coupled with a LAP-C reflection workshop  (LAP-2)

Additional Experiences

  • Coe College Wilderness Field Station (LAP-1)
  • Athletics paired with reflection, a project, and a presentation in a related course or during Student Symposium (LAP-3), a LAP-C reflection workshop (LAP-2), or other LAP-2 course (LAP-2)
  • Campus leadership positions in clubs or groups paired with reflection, a project, and a presentation in a related course or during Student Symposium (LAP-3), or other LAP-2 course (LAP-2)