Experiential Courses

Take your learning out of the classroom by enrolling in a globally-oriented experiential course. These experience-based courses are taught by UMD faculty in collaboration with a community partner, non-profit organization, or research initiative. Students who engage in these courses develop writing, interviewing, communication, and analytical skills as they contribute to the mission of the organization. In the classroom, students reflect on the process and conduct background research to understand the particular context of the organization's work. In the field, students may will support their partner orgranization by working on various tasks, such as archiving, conducting interviews, or executing a program. 

Global Communities can approve these for global experience credit on a case-by-case basis. The following course(s) are pre-approved:

AAST378 - Experiential Learning in Asian American Studies:
  • Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project
  • Media Preservation - Interviews with Asian Americans
  • AAPI Advocates
ENGL361 - Recovering Oral Histories

Prerequisite: Students must have completed one course in English, Latin American Studies, or Education. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361.

Students will work with the Cultural Academy For Excellence (CAFE), a Prince Georges County based organization which teaches young people of elementary and middle school age to play a musical instrument, the Caribbean steel pan, while also working to develop their ability at intercultural communication. Students will interview (or have informal discussions with) young people in order to construct a narrative about their lives, their perceptions of themselves, and their experience of the Prince Georges County school system. Since some of the students at the community center are in what the county describes as Title I schools, students will develop an understanding of young people’s needs within that structure. As a direct service to the community organization, UMD students will help the young people of CAFE to write brief narratives of their life experiences and prepare these for public presentation at the end of the semester.

This course is typically offered in the Spring semester. Enrollment is limited. This course requires travel off-campus to the service site in PG County. Contact instructor Dr. Merle Collins for more information: collinsm@umd.edu