New Designations, Curriculum Guide | Earlham College

New Designations

The following information should guide faculty and departments in determining whether an existing course fits the new designations of Research, Immersion Experience and Writing Intensive. In some cases, adding the designation will involve altering the course to meet or better meet the defining features. In other cases, the course already includes the defining features. In this latter situation, we encourage faculty to review their course goals and the written materials explaining the course in light of the defining features. The New Course Proposal that goes to CPC will address these issues for new courses.

For Immersion Experiences, IPO will work with faculty leading a program in designating an off-­‐campus study program (e.g. semester abroad). IPO will work with the Registrar’s Office to add IE designations to experiences. Similarly, CIL will partner with faculty and students in non-­course based Immersion Experiences.


Key Defining Features

  • Sophomore or Junior level recommended 
  • A student project as a substantial part of the course in terms of time/grade
  • Collaboration with a librarian
  • Review of previous work in the field
  • Students make decisions/choices about the research
  • Abundant feedback with opportunities to incorporate that feedback for an improved product
  • Presentation of work in a manner appropriate to the field
  • Addresses conventions within discipline
  • Additional clarity as needed on citation expectations and formats

Immersion Experiences

Key Defining Features

  • Explicitly connects theoretical/professional knowledge, activities and skills
  • Encourages vocational exploration and discernment
  • Application of skills and knowledge to challenges (practical and/or scholarly)
  • Promotes a sense of personal responsibility, including but not limited to community engagement, civic responsibility, ethical behavior
  • Collaboration and team approaches to problem solving
  • Pre‐briefing that frames the experiences, explicates learning outcomes, and prompts reflection
  • Post‐experience critical reflection that helps students demonstrates how the learning connects to the goals



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