Experiential Learning

Emmanuel College staff, faculty and students share a deep understanding of the role hands-on experience plays in educating the whole person. Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, abilities and values from applied learning outside a traditional academic setting. These experiences stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, cultural competency, leadership and other valuable skills.

When students are given opportunities to integrate classroom knowledge with real-world situations such as research, field placements, global study, internships and service-learning projects, their learning becomes significantly more powerful.

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Research at Emmanuel

From analyzing the neurological basis for synesthesia to studying the history of colonialism within a cultural context, Emmanuel students explore multiple pathways to valuable, hands-experience, synthesizing new information both independently and on faculty-led research projects.

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Global Study

Through international opportunities such as study abroad and faculty-led travel courses, students benefit from authentic interactions, experiences and personal connections with the cultures and people of other countries, gain firsthand knowledge of what life is like in other areas of the world and expand their overarching understanding of our increasingly global society.

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Many of the great challenges facing society today have moral dimensions that cannot be taught within the confines of a classroom, and through service-learning courses, Emmanuel students enthusiastically and steadfastly engage with purposeful projects that honor our collective obligation to humanity.

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Emmanuel Career Center: Student-Centered, Success-Driven

The Emmanuel Career Center supports and guides students in realizing their career aspirations while educating and empowering them to take an active role in their professional development. The College's knowledgeable Career Center staff is committed to meeting students wherever they are in the process of professional development, from internship exploration to choosing a career and embarking on a purposeful future.

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Nick Eline '23: Perseverance in a Pandemic

Nick grew up in a family of medical professionals—his mother and grandmother are both nurses and his father is a paramedic. “I’ve always been surrounded with medical jargon and stories of health incidents, crises, and the rewarding benefits of providing care,” he said.

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Nadel Henville '22: Creating Community Takes Center Stage

For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.

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Gianna Kittle '20: Advocating for Justice

Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Gianna had never heard of the field of sociology, but was very familiar and passionate about issues of crime and justice. Her time at Emmanuel helped her to not only put a name—but also, a purpose—to that passion.

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Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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