ECHO is a 3 credit hour graduation requirement in Experiential Learning. Experiential Learning provides students with a first hand opportunity to “learn through experience” and further enhance their education. Beginning Fall 2013, all traditional students will be required to complete one experiential learning option in order to graduate. JU has defined four areas specific to Experiential Learning from which students may select in order to complete their graduation requirement.
The goal of ECHO is to better equip JU students for life after graduation. Successful individuals are those with both information and experience and the ability to apply their knowledge to real world problems. ECHO aims enhance JU student skills in:
Undergraduate Research: student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship that produces “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original or creative contribution to the discipline.” Undergraduate Research opportunities include: Departmental Honors Projects and Research Intensive courses.
Internship: a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connection in the professional fields they are considering for career paths.
Study Abroad: an educational experience for academic credit which students complete off-campus in a cross-cultural setting. Study Abroad/Study Away programs stress exposure to different cultures, countries, peoples, and languages. They vary in length from 1 week to an academic semester.
Service-Learning: an educational experience for academic credit in which students engage in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.