The objective of this course is to study the civic and social rural challenges by actively engaging in applied learning experiences. The course allows the student to learn through observation, immersion, discussion, and studying theory and civic engagement. By working in a divergent community beyond the walls of DePauw classrooms, students have the chance to develop their interpersonal skills and understanding of offices in a small, rural community.
The majority of time spent on this course will be at the host site. Students will work on projects that provide professional experiences with their specific organization. Through their applied learning experiences they will strengthen project management, data analysis, and team leadership development skills. Focus is placed on developing a more professional student who has the tools necessary to succeed in post-graduation opportunities. Weekly class discussions will focus on integrating the classroom content with the students' unique applied learning experiences for the purposes of deepening understanding of local challenges and even proposing solutions. Their collaboration with partners in Putnam County will foster connections with Greencastle residents.
Current Semester InformationMarion McInnes
EXP:Exploring and Preparing for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
This half-credit course is designed for students at all levels who wish to apply for competitive national fellowships and awards. (See the DePauw Fellowships & Awards website for a partial listing of such awards.)
Work in the course will be collaborative. In the beginning of the semester, students will explore a number of different fellowship and award possibilities, with the goal of determining which awards fit best into an individual student's academic plans and visions for the future. We will read and dissect model essays by scholarship winners, along with articles and blogs about studying, teaching, and conducting research projects abroad. We'll also discuss broader issues, such as what it means to be part of an intellectual community in the U.S. or overseas.
During the second half of the semester, working in consultation with their peers, students will draft, workshop, and revise personal statements and research proposals for a scholarship or award of their choosing. Students will be expected to pay regular visits to the Writing and the Speaking & Listening Centers. Towards the end of the semester, students will learn how to prepare for a typical scholarship interview, and then, as a crowning touch, complete a full mock interview.