There are many opportunities to become an engaged scholar at The American Campus. In-depth engaged learning opportunities occur each year during the “Experiential Semester,” which occurs January – May.
An internship is a pre-professional career training that provides real world experience to help students gain and explore relevant knowledge and skills.
Internships may be full or part-time, paid or unpaid positions, and generally last three months. During the internships, students enroll for internship credits at TAC and set objectives to help them progress toward educational goals. An intern should expect to set objectives, report on progress made, and make reflections on what has been learned. Generally, a student will need to work 75 hours for each college internship credit.
Participating in undergraduate research can expand your academic experience. There are many benefits to engaging in research, including:
- Working closely with a faculty mentor.
- Enhancing understanding and knowledge in your academic field.
- Learning communication skills (written and spoken), critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.
- Exploring research techniques.
- Earning academic credit and/or awards
Service-learning combines student learning objectives with community service in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting community needs.
Specific TAC courses are designated as Service Learning and will require that students work within a community situation and apply classroom learning to a real-world situation.
Special and Capstone Projects
A Special Project or Capstone Project requires students to complete an academically rigorous, professional project that contributes in some meaningful way to the discipline and community to which they belong. The project should reflect an understanding of the discipline or field they are studying and an ability to apply this knowledge.
Special or Capstone Projects may be student or faculty initiated.
At TAC all students are expected to become engaged in their own learning and not just sit in a classroom and take notes during a lecture. Students need to challenge ideas, discuss concepts, apply principles, reflect on concepts, and communicate insights.
Many students entering TAC have been trained to to sit quietly in a classroom, listen to a lecture, and just take notes. They may not be comfortable or know how to be involved in a classroom discussion. The first semester in at TAC is designed to help each student learn the skills necessary to be thoroughly involved in their own education.