Engaged Learning at Edgewood College
As a student, you’ll be expected to develop knowledge, skills, habits of mind and commitments from experiences outside the customary academic setting. You may participate in engaged learning through a variety of activities including study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, civic engagement, and multicultural learning.
Edgewood College strongly encourages its students to study abroad! Experiencing another culture first-hand is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the world and their place in it. You are given a wide choice of programs that will enhance your liberal arts education with a global perspective.
You can study for the summer or semester terms, academic year or participate in short-term faculty-led programs. We currently sponsor programs in over 50 countries on 6 continents, including, but not limited to: Australia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa and Spain!
“I studied abroad in Rome, Italy during the spring semester of 2016 with a program called International Studies Abroad (or ISA), and, I’m going to say what everyone else says… it was absolutely amazing. I never imagined how my time abroad would change the way I view the world and everything around me.”
Alex Meister, a junior Business major from Muscoda, Wis., says his global learning experience expanded his perspective on the world. The semester--over the course of 104 days and 13 countries--has given him new independence and confidence as well.
Zander Rothering, a junior Biology major from Richland Center, Wis., gets visibly excited when he talks about the summer of 2016. He and ten other students traveled with three faculty members from our Biological Sciences Department to South America, where they journeyed from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles west of the continent.
As an Edgewood College Eagle, you will be encouraged to complete an internship. It's a great way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in your chosen career field.
Caitlin downey '18
"Time management was one of the most important things I learned during my internships. My research at Milwaukee Public Museum was almost entirely self-directed--I had to identify what was worth researching, and seek out credible sources to include in my reports. At the Historical Society, I was working alone for half of the day, so I had to learn to manage my workload and finish in a timely manner. The other important thing I learned was how to interact with others in a professional, non-academic environment, something you don't really learn in high school."
Adam Driscoll '09
“An internship proved to be paramount to my learning in school and beyond. Even a few hours a week can open your eyes to what it really means to work in the field. I’ve found that a college education can teach you how to study and learn, but nothing compares to what you can gain from on-the-job training.”
There are many opportunities for you as an undergraduate student at Edgewood College to develop and present your own unique research project. We even provide funding to support your community-based research project!
Edgewood College also celebrates undergraduate each year by hosting a student research symposium, Edgewood Engaged. Our students also have the chance to present their research at conferences across the country (and even the world).
At Edgewood College, you will have the chance to develop the knowledge, skills, and commitments that will help you discern how your own interests and talents intersect with greater community needs and opportunities. Service learning work is a great way to see how your passions and interests can lead you to the career of your dreams, while helping you connect with other people who share common interests and values.
Bonner Leaders Program
The mission of the Bonner Leaders Program is to transform the lives of students, the life of their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership. The Bonner Leaders Program provides scholarship to students who are committed to community service and learning about social issues and social change. Students selected for this program spend two to four years working with a team of other Edgewood College students on specific community service initiatives and meet regularly as a group to learn about social justice issues, community leadership, and civic engagement.
Jourdyn Mootz ‘16
"The Bonner Leaders program at Edgewood College has been monumental in getting me to where I am today. Not only have I been able to keep the Bonner torch burning by continuing to serve under-privileged individuals, but my work in the past with Bonner helped me get into an extremely competitive graduate program."
Jourdyn Mootz ‘16, a native of Merrill, Wis. Mootz graduated in December 2015 Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Biology. Currently, she’s a graduate student at UW-Madison, in the Physician Assistant program. She reflects on her time with the Bonner Leaders, a national service-learning leadership program for undergraduate students.
To develop multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills, and prepare you for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service in a more compassionate and just world, Edgewood College offers a rich variety of multicultural learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to exploring a variety of General Education courses, you can pursue a degree in Ethnic Studies. Additionally, the Center for Multicultural Education organizes a series of lectures on historical contemporary issues of racial and social justice.
Questions? Visit the Center for Multicultural Education for more information.