Experiential Learning

Co-operative Education

Co-operative education allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and make valuable contacts in the workforce, all while earning a competitive salary. Completion of the program (3 work terms) allows you to receive a Co-operative Education designation on your degree and, most importantly, a kick-start to your career the minute you graduate. Learn more about Co-operative Education.

Applied Studies

Applied Studies is another unique opportunity offered to all Arts & Science students as a way to earn course credit for career-related paid, volunteer or Community Service work experience. This program is specially designed to allow you to integrate principles learned in the classroom in a practical work setting. Learn more about our Applied Studies opportunities.

Independent Studies

In addition to your regular courses, you may have the opportunity to participate in Independent Studies courses.

Independent Studies courses may be taken for credit inside or outside of the student’s academic major or in an interdisciplinary model. Some majors even require an Independent Studies component. A maximum of five Independent Studies courses may count for degree credit. Combined Degree students may count only three. Independent Studies numbers 2990, 3990 and 4990 indicate the level of advancement.

 Independent Studies courses may be elected as early as the second semester or as late as the last, depending upon the capability of the student for undertaking academic work with minimal guidance. Independent Studies courses may take a variety of forms including library research, laboratory research projects or field study. Each Department provides detailed information on its available resources for support of Independent Studies courses.

Admission to an Independent Studies course is achieved through the consent of the instructor, who agrees to guide the Independent Studies course, and by approval of the Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Enrolment may be for a regular semester or during a Summer Session. Credit for an Independent Studies course is at the discretion of the Department, upon recommendation of the instructor. Grades are due at the end of the term of registration, as for regular courses.

Since Independent Studies courses are intended to expand a student’s program beyond the limits of the regular curriculum, it may not be used to duplicate course offerings.

Contact the relevant Department for more information on current research or independent studies opportunities.