Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning Electives

The following interdisciplinary courses offer a flexible way to gain practical experience while earning an elective credit toward your degree.

UNIV*2100 - Career Ready: Develop Your Future
This course introduces students to career development theory and provides the practical knowledge required to succeed in the current and future world of work. Students will examine key concepts from career development theory and will engage in reflective and experiential learning activities aimed at preparing them for job search and the world of work. Within the context of career development, issues related to mental well-being, diversity, intercultural competencies, and the implications of disclosure and accommodation will be studied.

UNIV*2800 / UNIV*3800 / UNIV*4800 - Independent Research
This course offers students in any program the opportunity to pursue credit for relevant research experience (paid or unpaid) with the addition of course assignments either during the research experience or in a following semester.

UNIV*3000 - Civic Engagement and Service Learning
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop civic leadership skills and to connect your academic experience to community development. In addition to in-class course work, students volunteer approximately 30 hours on group projects with community organizations.

IAEF*3510 Interdisciplinary Flexible InternshipThis course offers an experiential learning opportunity through an unpaid 40-hour internship in the food, agriculture, and environment sectors with partners in government, industry or civil society organizations. Students will learn about the integrated and interdisciplinary nature of these industries in Canada. Knowledge of current and future trends in the workforce will assist students with developing career-readiness skills that will be applied during the process of securing and working in an internship position. This internship is flexible and can be completed during the course or by the end of the following semester. Completing the internship is required for completing the course.

Certificate in Leadership
A multidisciplinary, five-course program combining face-to-face and online courses. The program aims to prepare students to thrive in today's dynamic workplace and to serve their community by equipping them with the necessary leadership skills to make a difference. The program consists of two required courses and three elective courses, in addition to 120 hours of leadership experience. The program can be completed concurrently with many University of Guelph degrees and can be an excellent alternative to a minor.

Experience Profiles

  • Samantha is in her 5th year of undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph and is currently a SPARK writer, having previously completed course-integrated experiential learning.