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Experience Learning Course Designations

As an ongoing approach to identify and promote experiential learning opportunities for our students, and as an additional way to better support our faculty who teach these courses, the University of Tennessee developed a course designation system for academic courses that include service-learning, undergraduate research, and internships. Out of the 12 types of experiential learning offered at the University of Tennessee, these three types were chosen due to their existence in every undergraduate-serving college in our University.

Faculty can request the addition of a service-learning “S” designation to a new or existing course that meets a defined criteria for service-learning inclusion. The S-designation will appear on the student’s transcript allowing confirmation of participation by graduate schools and employers. Courses that receive the S-designation will become eligible to receive support through the campus’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Experience Learning.

Please visit the Office of Service-Learning website for more information about the S-designation.

Faculty can request the addition of a research “R” designation to a new or existing course that meets a defined criteria for internship inclusion. The R-designation will appear on the student’s transcript allowing confirmation of participation by graduate schools and employers. Courses that receive the R-designation will become eligible to receive support through the campus’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Experience Learning.

Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website for more information about the R-designation.

Faculty can request the addition of an internship “N” designation to a new or existing course that meets a defined criteria for internship inclusion. The N-designation will appear on the student’s transcript allowing confirmation of participation by graduate schools and employers. Courses that receive the N-designation will become eligible to receive support through the campus’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Experience Learning.

Please visit the Center for Career Development website for more information about the N-designation.

The Undergraduate Council
For more information regarding the academic policies that pertain to the nature of these courses, please visit the University of Tennessee’s Undergraduate Council’s webpage for more information.

Additional Information and Course Listings
Finding an experiential learning course or opportunity can be easy when you know where to go. Visit our “Find An Opportunity” webpage for a full listing of designated courses, when they are being offered, and other academic opportunities containing experiential learning.

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