Gain experience and academic credit at the same time
The Applied Studies program offers you the opportunity to earn academic credit for learning gained through employment or volunteer experiences. The employability of University students often relates to a blend of professional and personal qualifications, such as previous work experience, maturity, enthusiasm, and an ability to work well with people. Applied Studies provides an opportunity to develop and demonstrate these qualifications by integrating principles learned in the classroom with practical situations in placements such as:
- Government Agencies
- Volunteer Agencies
- Educational Institutions
- Experiential learning
- Experience related to studies
- Skill development
"This (applied study) has enhanced my education in so any ways that I could not have imagined, nor learned in the classroom. It is enhancing my education by giving me hands on experience in my field of study … and has allowed me to gain so much real world experience, as well as develop important life skills."
How Applied Studies Work
You must complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid or volunteer experience over a semester (minimum of 12 weeks). In addition to completing placement hours, you submit monthly reports, learning objectives and complete a final academic project related to your academic learning objectives and goals. The type of final academic project you choose will determine the type of credit you can receive.
There are several credit options available:
- Minimum 2.0 GPA
- Second-year standing (minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
- Work or volunteer placement that offers significant learning opportunities of a level suitable for the awarding of university credit
Placements may be arranged on your own, or through the Applied Studies Office.
If you have any questions, please book an appointment with one of our team members.