Experiences in which students extend, apply, connect or share
different ways of knowing (e.g., oral, verbal, tactile, imaginative, intuitive),
often in inter-disciplinary settings.
Special projects allow students to extend, connect, or deepen their liberal arts
learning in unique ways. The Special Projects category includes:
- projects that apply different ways of knowing (e.g., oral, verbal, tactile,
imaginative, rational, intuitive, artistic, scientific);
- projects that bring together the methods, insights, concerns, or subject
matters of different disciplines;
- projects that entail non-traditional ways of approaching a topic;
- projects that are in the spirit of engaged learning but do not properly
fit in the other Odyssey categories.
Proposals for special projects must include an explanation of how a particular
project meets one of the descriptions above.
Although the projects belonging to this category will differ widely, a special
project must entail at least 30 hours of work on the part of each student involved.
Proposals must include an estimate of the amount of time to be spent on the project,
and records of time spent must be kept throughout the project’s duration.
The outcome of a special project does not need to be a “product” per se, but
proposals must indicate the anticipated outcomes of the project. Projects must incorporate
a component that will allow students to reflect on their experience in writing and
conversation. Proposals must indicate what form this reflective component will take.
Examples of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
Any course that allows students, through experiential means, to extend,
connect, or deepen their liberal arts learning in unique ways and that does not
precisely fit any of the other Odyssey categories could be a candidate for coding
under this category. Such courses must include at least 30 hours of engaged activities
as well as an opportunity for reflection on the experience.
Individualized Academic Experiences
This category includes independent studies,
internships, and optional additions to existing courses (modules) that by themselves
do not meet Odyssey criteria. Such projects must offer students the opportunity
to explore unique, interdisciplinary, or non-traditional ways of learning through
Special projects that involve students in engaged learning
in unique, non-traditional or interdisciplinary ways and that are undertaken outside
the normal context of classes, independent studies or internships may fulfill this
Special Considerations for Special Projects (SP) Projects and Activities
In your proposal explain carefully how your project fits one or more of the
- Does it involve different ways of knowing?
- Is it interdisciplinary?
- Does it enlist a non-traditional approach to a topic?
- Does it exemplify some kind of engaged learning not represented
in the other Odyssey categories?
Also explain what will count as a completed and successful project. For example,
will there be a tangible final product? Will there be a public presentation to the
campus community or other relevant audiences?