Experiential Learning

Experiential education is a philosophy and a set of instructional methods in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge and develop skills within a discipline.  Experiential education is an educational strategy that connects the classroom to the world beyond the classroom and theory with practice.  Ferrum College students complete an experiential component as part of their major.

Service learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address individual and community needs employing structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.  Reflection and mutual benefit for student, college, and community are key concepts of service learning.  Service learning may involve various forms of research and scholarship.

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Examples of Experiential Opportunities in Ferrum Majors

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • English
  • Political Science
  • Recreation Leadership
  • Theatre Arts