Experiential Learning at Puget Sound offers a number of programs for students interested in getting involved with experiential learning. Some of these programs have been developed by our own leadership team, while others have been developed independently by faculty and are being supported by development grants approved by our faculty advisory board. The following featured programs are currently active; follow each link to learn how you can be a part of them.

Curricular Opportunities

  • EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE)

    RISE is a .25 unit academic course that allows sophomore students to apply their liberal arts experiences to an off-campus, professional environment. Students will gain valuable student-to-professional information, and reflect on internship experiences within an interdisciplinary academic context. RISE aims to help students build career knowledge in their area of interest and be empowered to move confidently towards (or away from) a career field.

  • Practicum in Clinical Bioethics

    BIOE 392 is an experiential learning course that focuses on the practical application of ethical principles and philosophical reasoning in a clinical health care setting. This course provides the opportunity for students to learn how to identify ethical issues and properly to address them in the clinical setting, as well as to learn the "practical approach" to real-life clinical issues. Students split time between the classroom and the on-site hospital setting at Tacoma General, taking information learned in different clinical settings and learning how to work through ethics issues. Students also learn typical duties of a clinical bioethicist including: consultations, education, and policy development/review. The course is offered as Pass/Fail. Contact person: Professor Suzanne Holland

  • Education Studies Minor

    The School of Education incorporates experiential learning into several courses required for the Education Studies minor. 200-level education classes require that students work directly with K-12 students, supported by what they are learning in class. Education 491 and 492 comprise a two-semester sequence that engages students in working directly in classrooms to help teachers improve their practice using a process called practitioner research. Students learn to appreciate the complexities of classroom practice and experience a model for making positive change.

Co-curricular Opportunities

  • Link & Loggers

    A partnership between University of Puget Sound, Stadium High, and the Healthcare Careers Collaborative Link & Loggers is a program in which Puget Sound students mentor Stadium students and assist them with schoolwork.

Summer Opportunities

  • Study Abroad Ambassador Program

    The Study Abroad Ambassadors are a small group of Puget Sound students who have been elected to incorporate an e-portfolio documentation of their study abroad. Upon successful completion Ambassadors receive a $100 stipend. In addition to creating the e-portfolio, ambassadors help with promoting study abroad to other students on campus and to prospective students. To apply for the program, please click here.

  • Summer Immersion Internship Programs

    Experiential Learning offers internship programs to connect students with local, national, and international organizations tolearn about a career trajectory, and enhance their skills.

  • Madrid Summers

    A Puget Sound faculty-led program, Madrid Summers caters to several different kinds of students, all of which come together as the Puget Sound contingent in Madrid for a summer’s worth of hard work, exciting cultural opportunities, challenging internships, intercultural development, and marvelous social life. Please note that the five Madrid Summers options have different requirements from zero Spanish for the Science Research Internships to five semesters of college Spanish (Span 203 or above) for the Business and Humanities Internships. Contact person: Professor Harry Vélez Quiñones