Experiential Learning

SASAH requires students to complete a 1.0 Experiential Learning (EL) credit by the end of their fourth year. There are three types of placements or projects students can undertake and count toward their Experiential Learning credit:

  • Community Engaged Learning projects or placements, or CELs, are usually with non-profit organizations, but they can occur in a workplace, providing they focus on service to the community.
  • Internships, paid or unpaid, occur in the workplace and offer supervised job experience.
  • Independent research or creative projects focus on self-directed inquiry but should involve the community in some way, so students also gain experience in the non-academic world.

Students typically participate in an EL opportunities in one or both terms in their third or fourth year of study or in the summer term between third and fourth year. In fourth year, students enroll in an EL course or course(s) to receive credit for their placements or projects.

EL opportunities may be situated in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Most opportunities are unpaid, but students may have the option of participating in a paid internship.

Length: variable, from 6 weeks to 8 months, depending on the type of work experience and the number of hours per week students are expected to commit to the placement/project

Time of Year: Fall (September to December) Winter (January to April) Summer (May to August)

Committment: 100 to 120 hours for 0.5 credit; 200 to 240 hours for 1.0 credit

Location: unrestricted

Program: 3rd or 4th year of Major or Specialization within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Contact: to learn more about prgram, please contact Dr. Barbara Bruce at bbruce2@uwo.ca

Watch our recording of the Fall 2020 and March 2021 Learning from Experience event, in which our fourth and fifth-year SASAH students present on their exciting community-engaged-learning or internship opportunities-many involving culture, media, and education-in a series of seven-minute PowerPoint presentations. The presentations are also published individually in SASAH's Scholarship@Western page.