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What is Hands-on Learning?
All IAS degrees and courses are grounded in the belief that practice should be a central element of learning. Hands-on learning in this context does more than supplement classroom instruction. It provides the core of the interdisciplinary, problem-based educational philosophy of IAS and its faculty. We ground this choice to emphasize the integration of theory and practice in educational research that demonstrates how high-impact practices such as academic internships, study abroad, community-engaged learning, and research-intensive seminars offer the best opportunities for the retention and success of all students, including first-generation college students and students-of-color.
IAS students take advantage of these experiential learning opportunities inside and outside our classrooms and curricula. For our undergraduate students, hands-on learning is built into our Interdisciplinary Practice and Reflection core requirement, while the process of constructing an educational and professional portfolio invites the integration curricular, co-curricular, and work or life accomplishments.
Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)
Each IAS major requires that students complete at least one Interdisciplinary Practice and Reflection (IPR) course that includes an advanced research, creative, or hands-on learning project before they graduate.
IPR courses allow students to complete a project that draws on their academic interests and furthers their life ambitions. The IPR project might be a seminar paper in a particular area of study; an academic internship in a relevant field; a service-learning project that builds on the student's academic work; a study abroad opportunity; an art and media project or production; or independent study in collaboration with a faculty member. The IPR requirement asks students to reflect on the value, challenges, and effectiveness of their work in relation to their undergraduate education as a whole.
Advanced Research Opportunities
Advanced Arts and Media Workshop Opportunities
- BISIA 410 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
- BISIA 440 Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop
- BISIA 450 Image and Imagination
- BISIA 483 Advanced Arts Workshop
- BISMCS 402 Community Media Practice
- BISMCS 472 Advanced Media Production Workshop (e.g. Global Media Lab, UWAVE Radio, Husky Herald)
- B IMD 495 Interaction Design Studio (not offered every quarter)
Study Abroad, Community Service, Internship, and Hands-on Learning Opportunities
* Many of the courses listed above have prerequisites, application processes, priority registration for specific majors, or other requirements for enrollment. Please check the IAS website and course catalog for details.
**Refer to the our petitions page to learn more about IPR petitions
- Talk with faculty in your major for help deciding which IPR option best fits with your academic or career goals.
- Complete the IPR requirement before BIS 499. Your IPR materials should be included in your capstone portfolio!
- Don't save your IPR for senior year! Start in your junior year, if possible. And consider taking more than one IPR course to satisfy electives or IAS coursework!
- Combine IPR courses to maximize your learning! You can satisfy the 5-credit IPR requirement with one course or multiple smaller-credit courses.
- IPR options are available every quarter, including summer!