Experiential learning is a way to learn by doing, or learn by experiencing. Instead of acquiring information from a classroom lecture or book, experiential learning gives you active, hands-on experience in the real world. Examples of experiential learning options within CFANS include: off-campus study programs, field-based research, service-learning classes, internships, volunteer work related to your studies, and more.

An interdisciplinary course addresses issues from at least two different academic disciplines (two fields/departments within the university). By integrating two disciplines into one class, students have the opportunity to develop integrated problem-solving skills.

Ways to Fulfill

The interdisciplinary learning requirement can be fulfilled by taking classes that have been certified by the college.  Courses in Applied Economics fulfilling the interdisciplinary learning requirement are ApEc 3202: Introduction to the Food System and ApEc 4103: World Food Problems.  Both of these classes are offered in the fall semester. Other courses satisfying this requirement can be found on student APAS reports.

The experiential learning (EL) requirement can also be fulfilled by taking a class that has been certified.  Often, students use CFAN 2201: Secure and Succeed in Internships or CFAN 3096: Making the Most of your Internship to satisfy their requirement.  These classes both involve using an internship experience as the core of experiential learning.  CFAN 2201 is for students who have not yet secured an internship.  CFAN 3096 is for students who have an internship in hand.  Go to z.umn.edu/3096 for registration and permission number instructions for CFAN 3096. Other courses satisfying this requirement can be found on student APAS reports.  Several CFANS study abroad courses automatically qualify, including trips to Peru and to Italy.  

Non-credit bearing experiences can also be used to satisfy the experiential learning requirement, but students need to do some legwork in order for these to count.  Before the experience starts, students must review the requirements for experiential learning and complete an agreement with the major coordinator.  Upon completion, the major coordinator will certify that the student has satisfied the EL requirement.  Experiences that could be used in this category would be learning abroad, student research, and service learning in the community. See the Proposal for Non-course Experience to Satisfy the CFANS Experiential Learning Requirement for more information.