Experiential Learning courses allow those students who are doing hands-on work in a particular area to obtain academic credit for that work. Each course requires the student to obtain permission of the instructor before enrolling in the course. Students will be given a syllabus and specific requirements of the practicum from the individual instructor involved with the course. Experiential Learning courses are available in journalism, public relations, theatre, debate, radio, and television. They are graded pass/fail and do not count toward the completion of the major. Experiential Learning courses are usually taken for one credit hour per semester. No more than three credit hours can be taken in any individual area, and only four credit hours of Experiential Learning courses can be counted toward your total credits necessary for graduation.
- The Radio Experiential Learning is for students who are on staff at WJCU (88.7FM). Although it is designed mainly for students who have obtained a director’s position at the radio station, under special circumstances, other WJCU staff members have been allowed to take the course.
- The Television Experiential Learning is for students who become involved with the JCTV-4 campus television organization. JCTV-4 programs can vary from semester to semester have included: news/magazine style broadcasts, sports talk shows, pop-culture/entertainment talk shows, debate shows, cooking shows and game shows.
- The Forensics Experiential Learning is exclusively for students who are speaking competitively for JCU. Students in the Forensics Experiential Learning engage in extensive preparation of all aspects of public speaking. Students are also able to travel to tournaments throughout the academic year.
- The Journalism Experiential Learning is for staff members and writers on The Carroll News, John Carroll’s weekly student newspaper. Experiential Learning credit can be earned in the areas of reporting, editing, advertising, sales/marketing, graphic design, and photo journalism.
- The Public Relations Experiential Learning allows students to work on specific public relations campaigns for various university or department programs. Students will be in charge of working with their client to develop a campaign plan, writing press releases, establishing media contacts, and producing programs and brochures to publicize the program. Check with the advisor of PRSSA to learn more about what PR experiential learning is available.
- The Theatre Experiential Learning courses cover specialized skills needed for theatre performance, such as martial arts, stage combat, dance, and voice. Often the experiential learning course employs an outside artist who is an expert in the particular area, so students interested in a practicum should talk with a theatre faculty member well in advance of when they wish to take the course. Like the other experiential learning courses, the Theatre Experiential Learning is not designed for the casual student, but rather for someone seriously interested in theatre as a career.