Experiential Learning

Learning about theories, concepts, and formulas in the classroom is just the first step of your journey at TWU.

Bridging classroom learning with "real world" experiences allow you to apply what you have learned. This direct experience and reflection best describes Experiential Learning. Extend your learning beyond the classroom with diverse, hands-on opportunities that allow you to make the most of your college experience and reach your personal and professional goals.


Our programs

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Experiential Student Scholars

The Experiential Student Scholar Program allows students to engage in learning through the dynamic process of research where students can develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting.

Experiential Student Scholars Program

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Scholar Presentation Support

The Experiential Project Presentation Support Program supports undergraduate & graduate Experiential Student Scholars in partnering with a faculty or staff mentor to present findings from experiential projects at state, regional, national, and international academic forums.

Experiential Project Presentation Support Program

Examples of Experiential Learning
  • Internships (includes practicums and cooperative education)
  • Community engagement (service-learning and volunteering)
  • Education abroad (internships abroad or service abroad)
  • Research (basic and applied)
  • Student organization leadership
  • Fellowships
  • Job shadowing

With Experiential Learning at TWU, you’ll find an opportunity to take an experiential learning-related activity and transform it into original, intellectually-compelling research through the Experiential Student Scholars Program.

Experiential learning typically involves:

Student highlights

Makayla Chrichton

Project Title: Self-Disgust and Self-Stigma Surrounding the Insecurity Behind Blemishes

— Makayla Crichton, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in Philosophy

Moriah Pearce

Project Title: A Perceptual Study: "Intent" and "Loud" Instructions on Individuals with Parkinson's disease

— Moriah Pearce, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Jaida Pryor

Project Title: Uncovering the Lived Experiences of MFTs working with Incarcerated Youth: A Phenomenological Approach

— Jaida Pryor, Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy

Tracy Tyner

Project Title: The Pre and Post-mastectomy Experiences of Women Choosing Flat Closure After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

— Tracy Tyner, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science

Where are we?

Experiential Learning is located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Our programs and resources are available to students and faculty on all campuses.

Meet the Internships & Experiential Learning team

For more information

Juan Armijo
Director, Internships & Experiential Learning

Kayla Holloway
Assistant Director, Internships & Experiential Learning