All IAS degrees and courses are grounded in the belief that practice should be a central element of learning. Experiential 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, experiential 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. For our graduate students, the linkage of theory and practice provides a unique form of academic and professional education that prepares them for future doctoral education or for a range careers outside higher education.
Through courses and curricula that encourage the integration theory and practice, reflection and action, school and life, IAS students become ethical practitioners and critical professionals. They make a difference in the world as they learn about it, both during their time in IAS and after they graduate.