Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

CEL EXPL Courses

The Center for Experiential Learning offers a number of engaged learning courses (EXPL courses, formerly UNIV) through the center. Throughout the academic year, staff from the Center for Experiential Learning teach a number of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses that engage Loyola students in experiential learning opportunities that take them beyond the traditional classroom. All of these courses are open to students from all majors of the university's schools and colleges; all of them fulfill the University's "Engaged Learning" Requirement.

For Fall 2017, the following courses will be offered:

Detailed information on the various CEL courses and their instructors can be found in LOCUS, or by clicking on the course-specific links below:

EXPL 290: Seminar in Community-Based Service and Leadership – Refugee Issues

This service-learning course, focused on refugee issues, explores how our local community addresses refugee resettlement and related issues. Students will engage with community-based organizations specifically in the Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Uptown communities – Chicago communities that have historically been a refugee haven for decades. The EXPL 290 seminar course will examine the approaches, strategies and issues that community members engage and address in working with refugees in their neighborhoods. Students will engage directly with a refugee community-based organization for 40 hours of service, and this class will be co-taught by a representative of a community organization. Students will draw from their lived experience in the community to explore community issues related to refugees, connect deeply to their local community, and interrogate conceptions of service and leadership related to community-based work. This course, offered by the Center for Experiential Learning, meets the Engaged Learning University Requirement of Loyola University Chicago.


Susan Haarman
Associate Director - Service Learning
Phone: 773.508.7080


Patrick M. Green
Director of the Center for Experiential Learning
Phone: 773.508.3945


EXPL 390: Internship Seminar: Organizational Change & Community Leadership

This is a 3-credit seminar course where students reflect on their personal, professional and civic development in their internship or advanced student employment experience. Students work a minimum of 100 hours over the semester at their organization, and explore topics such as leadership, organization theory, and civic professionalism through readings, class discussion, and reflective assignments. EXPL 390 fulfills the Engaged Learning requirement and provides for general elective credit. Enrollment in EXPL 390 requires permission of the instructor. To enroll, contact the Academic Internship Program Manager to set up a meeting. Prior to scheduling the meeting, please complete this information form.


Danielle Forchette
Academic Internship Program Manager
Phone: 773.508.6090

EXPL 391 Seminar in Undergraduate Research Methods

This seminar course offers undergraduate students the experiential opportunity to engage in research while building their foundation of research methods. Students may be part of the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP) through a funded fellowship, or students may be working independently with a faculty mentor (volunteering in a lab, working on a research team). All students must have a research project with a faculty mentor identified prior to enrolling in this course. As an experiential learning course, students will need to be engaging in research with a faculty mentor concurrently to taking this course. Students must work a minimum of 5–10 hours each week over the semester on their research projects (10–15 hours per week over the summer session). Students will reflect on research experience in the context of understanding research paradigms, application of research methodologies, understanding the implications of ethical research, and preparing to present research professionally. This course will provide students engaged in research with the opportunity to develop a formal written research paper and poster, as if the students are preparing to present their research in a professional setting, such as the LUROP Symposium.


Kevin Kaufmann
Undergraduate Research Program Manager
Phone: 773.508.3886