Community-Based Learning


Beloit College fuses book-learning with experience.  Don’t just think about doing something—do it!

Our approach:

Director Carol Wickersham has coined the term “the learning stance.”  In brief, this means the ability to see everyone you meet as your teacher and every place you are as your classroom.  The only question is: What are you going ready to learn?  Come find out and put your education into practice.

Throughout your time at Beloit College…

  • From your first moment on campus you will have opportunities to volunteer in the community. Want to work with kids? Try your hand at marketing? Go into politics? Try your idea on for size.
  • Experiential learning at Beloit is developmentally embedded in the curriculum beginning with first semester Spark courses through Senior Capstones. You will closely connect your academic and professional trajectories every step of the way.
  • Learning opportunities stretch beyond the academic calendar and the local community. You can use summer internships and/or fall and spring break trips to expand your options nationally and globally.

In varieties of communities….

  • Over 200 community partners in the greater Beloit area have welcomed Beloit students, including: global financiers, mental health practioners, Public Defenders, data analysts, medical researchers, K-12 educators, community artists—and many more. (See the related link: Beloit, WI)
  • Community ties are not just geographic, they may be bound by interest or purpose and connected online or through conferences. You can share your interests with the community of geologists and cultural anthropologists, LGBTQ activists, arts entrepreneurs, political campaigners, bloggers, gamers, and many more. 

We will help you explore all types of learning…

At Beloit every student is required to complete at least one unit of learning beyond the traditional classroom—most students complete many. We provide lots of ways for you to do this:

  • Embedded experiences in courses. Each semester many disciplines offers Liberal Arts in Practice 1 courses (check the course schedule for LAP-1) which incorporate engagement with a wide variety of communities, hands-on projects and more.
  • Internships, job shadowing and community-service coupled with courses which offer mentored reflection and analysis (LAP-2).
  • Mentored reflection and analysis to shape your learning through sustained involvement in a project. Examples include serving as a member of student government, engaging in a series of artistic projects, or performing sustained scientific research (LAP-3).

For more information about the Liberal Art in Practice (LAP) curricular requirement see the related link. To explore options talk to your advisor or make an appointment at the Career and Community Engagement Center.

Contact

Emily Sager

Emily Sager

Office Coordinator
Career and Community Engagement Center
Carol Wickersham

Carol Wickersham

Director of Community-Based Learning
Career and Community Engagement Center

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