The College provides a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. The majority of these courses are offered in May, during a three-week term. Dates for each travel course vary. Consult the detailed course descriptions.
Types of courses
- Campus Courses - These are taught on campus, though some may include half-day or full-day trips off campus.
- Field trip courses - These are taught mostly on campus but with overnight stays of no more than 5 nights off campus.
- Travel Courses - These are taught mostly or entirely off-campus. There are two types of IL travel courses - domestic and abroad.
The Intensive Learning Program provides a distinctive learning experience in which students and faculty share academic immersion and full-time engagement with a single course.
IL courses focus on a topic in ways that are not possible during the regular academic year. First and foremost, they emphasize active student participation. How? By moving beyond lecture to involve students in activities like the following:
- Debate, discussion, presentations, projects.
- Labs, studio work, demos, case study.
- Field trips, field work, observation.
- Interviewing, surveys.
- Films and videos, interactive media.
- Guest speakers.
- Simulations, stagings, reenactments.
The IL Program Director for 2012-2013 is Dr. Gail Steehler.