About General Education.

General Education: Experiential Learning

The University of Maryland values the importance of hands-on experience through mentored research or internships, however, experiential learning is not a General Education course category and is not required of a student. Rather experiential learning refers to a particular type of learning experience that may be used to meet a Distributive Studies requirement, provided it meets certain criteria.

Students may use individualized experiential learning opportunities, such as internships or well-structured research experiences, to satisfy a Distributive Studies requirement provided that:

  1. The experience is taken for at least 3 credits, and
  2. The student submits and receives approval of a "Learning Contract" that stipulates how the experience meets the learning outcome goals of the Distributive Studies category. Students may only use one "Learning Contract"-based experience towards Distributive Studies.