Professor Stanley Hauer and his ENG203 class just returned from a class trip to Washington, D.C., where he and his students visited the Folger Shakespeare Library to follow through on a semester of study devoted to the Bard of Avon. My colleague Stacey Ready, coordinator of General Honors, accompanied the class on the trip, and from all accounts it was full of both learning and fun. Blake Houston, a communication studies and Spanish double major from Laurel, was kind enough to pop by the office with a thumb drive full of pictures to give me some details of the trip.
The D.C. trip is just one of our many active-learning classes. About half of our freshman/sophomore classes travel as part of the coursework. The intention is to give students hands-on experiences in a way that drive home the course material. Our art and theatre classes travel to New York, our religion class goes to San Francisco, and our psychology class visits Key West, Fla., to study dolphin psychology. Other active-learning classes stay closer to home. Whether visiting places near or far, students in these classes tell us they’re incredibly effective.