Real-World Experiences

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Through an emphasis on experiential learning throughout the curriculum, we engage and require our students to learn through doing and to become more effective in whatever discipline they pursue. 

Real-World Experience. Real-World Impact. 

Through experiential learning, students are able to bridge the gap between theory and practice. As a result, our students are able to utilize those portable skills they developed through their coursework. Such skills include critical thinking, oral communication, collaboration, research proficiency and professional behavior. They are are resilient and adaptable to change; able to work under pressure; able to openly self-evaluate; and able to display thoughtful, thorough, and informed judgment in diverse situations and a changing environment.                                                             

Our students demonstrate self-awareness and social awareness and are able to work empathetically and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They are able to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to identify and solve problems beyond the classroom, and they are able to assess, critique and improve their work through an understanding of how to develop new knowledge and skills where necessary.


Learn By Doing

Our programs are designed to facilitate effective, vigorous, and flexible learning that will prepare our students for accomplishment, fulfillment, and self-realization in a swiftly changing world. Learn through doing and become more effective in whatever discipline you pursue.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students at RIC encounter experiential learning in three main areas:  

Senior capstone courses are required senior experiences that range from creative projects, in-service experience, practicum, internships, or seminars.
Courses that highlight experiential learning, with an emphasis on hands-on learning activities, laboratory work, service-learning, volunteer experience, clinical skills, practicum, case studies, field work, creative production and presentations.
Other opportunities include optional research, internships, project work, field based courses, evidence-based practices, replication studies, simulation exercises, experimental techniques, self-exploration exercises, and creative performance projects.