Experiential Learning


Experiential Learning @ BGSU


Experiential learning is a range of experiential activities that occur in and outside of the formal classroom setting. These activities include community-based learning, public policy projects, undergraduate research, education abroad, practicums, internships, co-ops and clinicals, related to students’ majors and/or coursework. BGSU is a national leader in providing opportunities in service learning and experiential education.  We are the first institution in Ohio to offer an “internship guarantee” to our incoming students. 

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Community-Based Learning, also known as service-learning, is a class based, credit-bearing educational experience which integrates academic material, relevant community-based engagement and/or service activities , and critical reflection based on a reciprocal partnership that engage students, faculty/staff, and community members in achievement of academic and disciplinary learning objectives and civic outcomes to advance public purposes. 

For more information please visit the Center for Community and Civic Engagement website



Education Abroad is an international educational experience outside the 50 US states that fulfills global perspective and academic learning objectives through academic credit. BGSU offers semester/academic year abroad, short-term faculty-led, exchange, affiliate and non-affiliate program options that can include study, research/field study, internship, service-learning, co-ops, teaching, or a combination of the aforementioned. Typically, a college-approved education abroad experience may be short-term (7-14 days) up to multiple semesters. 

For more information please visit the Education Abroad website


Co-Op (Cooperative Education)

A co-op alternates or combines semesters of academic study with work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of degree plan completion and involves a partnership among students, BGSU, and employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations. 


An internship is a repeatable, variable credit-based experience (at least 3 credit hours), typically graded S/U that involves a partnership among students, BGSU, and employers that formally integrates a student’s academic study with work or community service experience. 


A Practicum is an on- or off-campus work experience that is integrated with academic instruction in which the student applies concurrently learned concepts to practical situations within an occupational field. 


A clinical laboratory applies only to health technology programs. A clinical is a laboratory section that meets at a health-related agency facility in lieu of on-campus laboratory facilities. Clinical laboratory sessions provide a realistic environment for student learning.


For more information please visit the Career Center website

BA 4890 - Business Internship Seminar

Credit Hours: 3.00
Grading Basis: S/U Student Option
Academic Group: College of Business

Applied experience for College of Business students working in pre-approved internships or co-op programs. Program must be approved in advance by Business Career Accelerator (via online application) and/or that student's advisor. Written report and additional documentation required (via Canvas). No credit for students with other internship credit in the College of Business. Hours cannot be applied to any specialization. Work experience must be completed prior to graduation and during the semester said work experience occurs. Graded S/U, may be repeated up to 3 times.

For details, contact the Business Career Accelerator

Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

An inquiry, investigation, or project conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual, scholarly, or creative contribution to the discipline. This includes identification of the research problem, scholarly question, or creative goal or intent, use of appropriate methodology and analysis, and dissemination or presentation of student’s discoveries or creative activity to the student’s peers, the BGSU community, and/or experts in the student’s discipline.

For more information please visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship website



The BGSU 1910 First Year Seminar program offers first time, first year students opportunities to explore an academic topic of interest to involve them in the academic life and community engagement expectations of the university. Offered in a variety of intriguing topics by faculty in their area of scholarship or academic expertise, the seminars are limited to 20 students each.

For more information please visit the BGSU 1910 website



Utilizing First Course in the Major, BGSU students are given the opportunity to begin to learn about their specific area of study as freshmen. These courses are intentionally taught in a small class size environment and provide students with the opportunity to engage with faculty members from their major beginning on “day one” of their education. 





One of BGSU’s long-standing traditions is the selection of a book that is required reading for first-year students prior to the start of the fall semester. When first-year students arrive on campus in the fall, they will be involved in discussions about the common reading, which will take place in a variety of courses, in residence halls, and in a number of special events that have been created to support and deepen an understanding of the book. Guest speakers, including the author himself, will highlight these events. 

For more information please visit the Common Reading website



BGSU's general education program, BG Perspective: 21st Century Liberal Studies, was created with the intention to provide students with a coherent combination of courses in which active learning strategies are the norm and in which pedagogies are guided, in part, by regular, formal assessment of general education learning outcomes, thereby preparing students with a solid foundation for moving into their upper-level courses. During the completion of general education requirements, students will hone their intellectual skills that include the ability to think critically and communicate effectively; the ability to understand different cultures, modes of thought, and multiple values; and the ability to investigate forces that shape scientific and technological complexities of contemporary culture.

For more information please visit the BG Perspective website