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Exciting Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Dynamic and engaging, experiential learning is at the heart of a liberal arts education because it unites knowledge, ideas and perspectives with real-world application.

Baldwin Wallace has an experiential learning requirement that helps students connect their classroom experiences to practical learning opportunities. It also helps students boost their resumes.

Experiential opportunities can include academics/research, internships, explorations/study abroad, service learning and more. Through these initiatives, your student may work alongside a professor doing complex research, journey overseas to experience cultural assimilation firsthand, study the local effects of inner-city poverty or intern at a multinational company. 

Academics/Research

Regardless of your student's interest, he or she can pursue research in collaboration with faculty mentors. Two such opportunities include:

  • BW's Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies, a program that encourages students to work with faculty in examining, creating and sharing theories and knowledge in the areas of research, scholarship and other creative endeavors.

  • Summer Scholars, a living-learning program where students pursue a research or creative project of their own design under faculty guidance. Scholars live on campus together for ten weeks, share information and gain interdisciplinary insights beneficial to their studies.

Internships

Whether paid or unpaid, internships are opportunities for your student to gain valuable real-world experience and networking contacts. Students are encouraged to begin their internship experiences as early as their sophomore year.  Assistance in locating a meaningful internship can be obtained through your student's faculty advisor and advisors in the Office of Career Services.

Explorations/Study Abroad

Whether your student's motivations include personal growth, academic enrichment, career preparation or something else, study abroad can be an important addition to your student's college experience. Students can participate in faculty-led group seminars, study at a foreign university or intern in the U.S. or abroad.

Service Learning

Popular among students, service learning at BW includes local, national and international opportunities for student engagement. Opportunities include one-time projects, weekly service, alternative breaks and more. Service-learning opportunities help foster introspection, knowledge and an understanding of societal issues.