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The Liberal Arts in Practice Requirement

All students complete the Liberal Arts in Practice requirement, usually during the junior year, that totals the equivalent of at least 1 unit of academic credit: applied or original work extending beyond the traditional classroom, such as (1) a LAP-designated credit, (2) a course with a paired LAP experience, or (3) a LAP synthesis project with a public presentation, exhibit, publication, or performance.

All students complete a Liberal Arts in Practice (LAP) experience, which involves 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.

For further information, see the Liberal Arts in Practice Center's FAQs.   

The Liberal Arts in Practice requirement may be met in any one of three ways:

1) LAP-designated credits: Some courses are structured to incorporate a significant experience beyond the traditional classroom (such as research-related fieldwork or community engagement projects), and to assist students in reflecting on that experience, making meaningful connections to it, and transferring the skills developed in the experience into other settings. These courses are LAP-designated credits, and students who successfully complete a unit of such courses will have satisfied the Liberal Arts in Practice requirement.

For-credit internships, as well as applied or original work embedded in many of our off-campus study programs, also count as LAP-designated credits. While some capstones may qualify as LAP-designated credits, note that a single capstone unit may not simultaneously satisfy both the Liberal Arts in Practice requirement and the capstone requirement.

2) Courses with paired LAP experiences: Some courses may not themselves incorporate a significant experience beyond the traditional classroom, but they are designed to reflect on, make connections to, and transfer skills from beyond-the-classroom experiences external to the course (such as, for example, off-campus study). All such courses, together with their paired LAP experiences, satisfy the Liberal Arts in Practice requirement. This may include certain capstone courses. Note that the courses in this option need not be a full unit to satisfy the requirement, and students need not earn academic credit for the paired LAP experience.

3) LAP syntheses: LAP syntheses occur when students connect one or more experiences extending beyond the traditional classroom with their coursework, transfer the skills developed in those experiences into other contexts, and reflect on them both in ongoing advising and through a culminating project: some public presentation, exhibit, publication, or performance. LAP syntheses include a large and undefined range of possible experiences beyond the traditional classroom, including but not limited to: on-campus and off-campus jobs, community outreach, athletics, student government and other leadership opportunities, work at CELEB, in art galleries, or in museums, and travel opportunities unrelated to college work.

Students intending to satisfy their LAP requirement through a LAP synthesis must declare and explicitly articulate the synthesized experiences to their academic advisor before the end of their junior year. Approval is determined by an academic advisor, though the culminating project may be advised by a faculty or staff member other than an academic advisor.