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Beyond the Classroom (BTC) is designed to prepare students professionally for life beyond college. Students may apply for the program the semester prior to participation. Students receive a transcript notation for completing all of the program requirements:

  • A three-credit course (UNIV325) in the first semester, to hone skills necessary for an internship experience.
  • A one-credit course spring course (UNIV 326) to accompany an approved internship/service learning experience during the second semester.
  • A third seminar capstone project, consisting of interdisciplinary research or a social change campaign, or a combination of these.
  • Participation (in all semesters of the program) in a range of civic engagement and civic learning opportunities, per the BTC Civic Engagement Requirement guidelines.

For detailed information about all of our courses, visit our Courses and Syllabi page.

First Semester

BTC Seminar I, Civic Engagement and Social Change in a Global Context: UNIV 325; (two sections offered in the fall, one in spring): A three credit foundation course that is required for all students, and must be taken first. UNIV 325 fulfills the Scholarship in Practice General Education requirement.

Optional course electives

  • Internship Credit: UNIV 378: 1-3 credits
  • UNIV399C: Ensuring a World Fit for Children? (Fall)
  • UNIV 399P: People Power - Activism for Social Change (Spring)

Second Semester

BTC Seminar II, Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar: UNIV 326; (offered online fall, spring, and summer): A one credit course that supports and supplements the internship experience; may be taken concurrently with the internship experience, or the semester after the internship.


An Internship: Please refer to the "Internships Information" section of our website for more information about the internship requirement.

Third Semester

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Solving Converging Global Crises: UNIV 389G


Civic Leadership for Community Engagement: UNIV 389L


Social Media for Social Change: UNIV 389T