Experiential Learning Highlights

Make your education memorable.

These courses are a few past examples that showcase experiential learning at JCC. They are designed to engage you mentally and physically, and give you the chance to make connections for yourself.

U.S. History: Up Close & Personal (HIS 8508)

Explore the history around you in Western New York and see how we create history in this social science course. Engage in location-based, hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field. (Honors option available for eligible students.)

History

Mechanics of Energy Systems (MCT 2270)

Are you interested in mechanical technology or machine tool technology? Learn about energy conservation devices, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics through traditional laboratory experiments as well as student-designed projects (such as fueling a vehicle with diet soda and antacids!).

Science

SURI: Science Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Science Undergraduate Research Initiative features intense lab and fieldwork in environmental science and biotechnology. You can engage in riveting research on subjects such as cancer and immunology or take on projects specifically designed to benefit the local environment. Whichever path you choose, know that you will strengthen your skills in research, lab notebook-keeping, and scientific reading and presentation.

SURI student conducting research with a fish

European Union (POL 2860)

Take part in a live simulation of decision making bodies in the European Union and learn about the history, politics, and economics in this social science course. Interested in learning more? Check out our delegate's blog post of the experience! (Honors option available for eligible students.)

Model EU session in action

What other activities are experiential learning?

With the right preparation, any of these activities can become experiential learning. Make your learning an experience.

  • Facilitating an after-school program
  • Hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail
  • Providing tax assistance for low-income families
  • Studying in Japan
  • Working at a CSA or develop a rural food lot
  • Traveling and performing with an orchestra or band
  • Organizing a neighborhood clean-up day
  • Helping with a political or social campaign
  • Developing a web site for a local business
  • Preparing and serving food at a soup kitchen
  • Facilitating activities for a senior center
  • Running a workshop at a prison or jail

Experiential learning involves three steps: hypothesizing about an activity, doing something new or different, and then reflecting on what you did and what you’d do differently next time. If you’re interested in turning an activity into a learning experience, be sure to check out the reflective practice framework for guidance!