Disciplinary Credit

Plan your Course

Build a custom Disciplinary Credit course based on employment (volunteer or paid), that relates to your field of study with the support of an Academic Supervisor for your final paper/project.

To build a Disciplinary course (3 credit course) you must secure a work (paid or volunteer) experience over a semester (12 weeks) working a minimum of 120 hours. In addition to completing placement hours, you need to secure an Academic Supervisor with an academically relevant project proposal.  In additional, you need to submit monthly reports, learning objectives, participate in a employer monitor visit, and complete a final project. 

All Disciplinary courses are classified under the discipline that is relevant to your Academic Supervisors area of expertise. 

You may take a max of 5 Disciplinary Courses during your degree(s). 

Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit for discipline specific learning gained through work (employment or volunteer) experiences related to their field of study. Explore, apply and/or test academic theories and principles relating specifically to elements within your Applied Study placement.

Disciplinary Credit Applied Studies are available in all disciplines and may be registered as, for example:

  • BIOL 2980–4980
  • RELS 2980–4980
  • SOCI 2980–4980
  • MGT 3980-4980

Disciplinary Course

Create a graded course exploring a program associated work experience (paid/volunteer) and creating a final project related to your academic and professional goals with the support of an Academic Supervisor.

Cohort Course

Join a graded course where a faculty member has set up curriculum and a final project with work experience requirements connected.  The registration process involves a program associated work experience (paid/volunteer) and discussing the specifics of your final project with your Academic Supervisor (professor leading the course).


An Applied Studies course costs the same as any other 3-credit course on campus.  Find out more about University of Lethbridge tuition.


Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Second-year standing (a minimum 30.0 successful credit hours)
  • Currently, International students are unable to apply for Applied Studies

Placements may be arranged on your own, or through the MyExperience under the Applied Studies Job Board.


Course Components 

  • Develop Learning Objectives and course syllabus
  • Submit monthly reports to your Applied Studies Instructor
  • Participate in Monitor Visit (virtual or on-site)
  • Employer submits a Student Performance Evaluation


Learning Plan

This document details learning objectives, a comprehensive paper/project proposal, and a list of potential resources. This must be signed by your Academic Supervisor

Learning Plan


Academic Paper/Project

You are required to consult relevant literature and relate theoretical (academic) concepts to practical experience. Thus, the paper/project ordinarily contains two complementary parts:

  • Substantial research component based upon academically acceptable sources
  • Demonstration of your practical experience as a critical tool in the evaluation of the research

Your final paper/project will vary depending on the level of credit sought and must be discussed with, and approved by, your Academic Supervisor. You may propose an alternative project format, which must also be approved by your Academic Supervisor.


Grading Breakdown

  • 70% Academic paper/project- assigned by Academic Supervisor (professor)
  • 20% Placement Supervisor evaluation - reviewed by Applied Studies Instructor
  • 10% Monthly reports- assigned by Applied Studies Instructor

Before you start

Start building your own course by consulting with an Applied Studies Instructor and checking your program planning guide.


Connect with Applied Studies Instructor 

Learn more and discuss your proposal for an Applied Studies course.  

Book an appointment 

Check your Program Planning Guide

Review your Program Planning Guide to check availability for Applied Studies course in your program.

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