Experiential Learning

Emmanuel College staff, faculty and students share a deep understanding of the role hands-on experience plays in educating the whole person. Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, abilities and values from applied learning outside a traditional academic setting. These experiences stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, cultural competency, leadership and other valuable skills.

When students are given opportunities to integrate classroom knowledge with real-world situations such as research, field placements, global study, internships and service-learning projects, their learning becomes significantly more powerful.

Explore just a few of the experiential-learning opportunities at Emmanuel College

Research at Emmanuel

From analyzing the neurological basis for synesthesia to studying the history of colonialism within a cultural context, Emmanuel students explore multiple pathways to valuable, hands-experience, synthesizing new information both independently and on faculty-led research projects.

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Global Study

Through international opportunities such as study abroad and faculty-led travel courses, students benefit from authentic interactions, experiences and personal connections with the cultures and people of other countries, gain firsthand knowledge of what life is like in other areas of the world and expand their overarching understanding of our increasingly global society.

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Service-Learning

Many of the great challenges facing society today have moral dimensions that cannot be taught within the confines of a classroom, and through service-learning courses, Emmanuel students enthusiastically and steadfastly engage with purposeful projects that honor our collective obligation to humanity.

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Emmanuel Career Center: Student-Centered, Success-Driven

The Emmanuel Career Center supports and guides students in realizing their career aspirations while educating and empowering them to take an active role in their professional development. The College's knowledgeable Career Center staff is committed to meeting students wherever they are in the process of professional development, from internship exploration to choosing a career and embarking on a purposeful future.

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Jolie Erlacher ’19 Finds Purpose Counseling Those in Need

As early as her second year at Emmanuel College, Jolie Erlacher '19 discovered the power of networking, seeing firsthand how the connections she has made at Emmanuel-and then beyond-have affected the course of her academic and career trajectory, each opportunity opening a door to the next.

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Featured Faculty: Rebecca Moryl

Dr. Rebecca Moryl is an Associate Professor of Economics at Emmanuel College. Professor Moryl teaches on subjects including microeconomics, economic relations, the politics of international economic relations and urban economics. She believes that understanding economics is critical to understanding the worlds-big and small-in which we live.

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Featured Faculty: Aren Gerdon

Professor Aren Gerdon is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emmanuel College. He leads his own chemistry research group, focusing on biomaterials, and works closely with other research groups across campus. Professor Gerdon is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of chemistry with his students, guiding them from class work to practical, real-world lab experiments.

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Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

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MSN in Nursing Management Opens Doors for Edward

After more than a decade as an RN at New England Baptist Hospital, Castella Edward MSN '16 decided take the next step in her career, building upon experience to enhance her daily practice, take a more active role in policy review and more.

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