The Case for Bringing Experiential Learning into the Humanities

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Drawing on innovative programs at the University of Michigan and Duke University, this essay explores an important trend in humanistic education: the provision of opportunities for experiential learning, whether for undergraduates or graduate students. Avenues for applied humanistic research, such as research-based internships and courses structured around collaborative, client-inflected research projects, provide numerous benefits. In addition to cultivating teamwork, leadership, and communications skills, such experiences build intellectual confidence, expand horizons, and foster motivation to pursue additional research challenges. Although humanistic experiments with experiential learning now abound across higher education, pedagogical conservatism among faculty has slowed the pace of change, with pilots often occurring outside the frameworks of standard curricular structures. We call on departments in the humanities and interpretive social sciences to embrace the promise of engaged, public-facing scholarly endeavor, and to make collaborative research a core feature of curricular expectations for students at all levels.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Balleisen, EJ; Chin, R

Published Date

  • June 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 151 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 138 - 152

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-6192

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0011-5266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1162/daed_a_01934

Citation Source

  • Scopus