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Center for Enhanced Academic Experience (CEAE)

Associate Professor: Cagle
Instructors: Doughert, A., Kurtz, Patterson

Enhanced Academic Experiences (EAEs) are designed to promote intellectual, professional, and personal development for students to prepare for life after Lycoming. While each student is required to complete at least one EAE, students are encouraged to pursue and complete multiple EAEs, which prepare, launch, and sustain graduates into careers of significance and lives of meaning. A full listing of EAEs is found in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog. 

In addition to supporting the wide array of EAEs across the curriculum, the CEAE offers the following courses:

  • The completion of CEAE 200, 201, and 220 satisfies the EAE requirement.
  • CEAE 202, 300, 301, and 302 all individually satisfy the EAE requirement.

Although a liberal arts education stresses a wide array of skill development, including written communication, oral communication, information literacy, and critical thinking, students often find it challenging to identify and articulate how their skills can be applied in a professional environment. This course helps students successfully transition into practica, internships, service learning programs, and the workplace by providing guidance in professional skill development. This course examines the practical application of presentation of self within professional settings, utilizing prominent behavioral theories such as trait and factor theory and social learning theory. Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher. 2 credits.

The transition from student to professional involves more than earning a degree and obtaining a job. In order to be successful in a chosen profession, students must learn how to acclimate to and navigate the environment in which they are working. This course focuses on practical applications of academic concepts such as code-switching, while providing students the opportunity to participate in experiences associated with academic and social mobility. Prerequisite: sophomore status or higher. 2 credits.

This travel field experience course is offered in conjunction with paired full-semester, four-credit travel program course offerings and is open only to students who apply and are accepted to the paired travel program. Prerequisite: successful travel course application through the CEAE and completion of the paired four-credit semester-based course. May term only. One credit.

Integrates academic coursework with embedded service learning and provides opportunities to examine community needs, the importance of civic engagement and the impact of social inequality on individuals, organizations, and institutions. Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of service at a pre-approved site, engaging in direct or indirect service with a population in need, and in doing so, contributing to the betterment of the local community. 

Liberal Arts Practicum is designed for students to gain practical experience related to their field of study through an internship placement with a sponsoring organization. In addition to the 10-12 hours per week spent interning with the sponsoring organizations, students attend a weekly seminar in which readings, discussion, and assignments are focused on the role of a liberal arts education in the 21st century economy and the development of transferable professional skills for a wide array of career paths. This course is open to students majoring or minoring in academic fields of study for which the department does not already offer a formal practicum course. Registered students will apply for internship placement with the CEAE either during or following registration; however, students are strongly encouraged to seek support from the CEAE beginning at least at the start of the semester prior to the desired enrollment semester. Prerequisite: successful completion of the CEAE practicum application.

Students who wish to fulfill an enhanced academic experience through a non-credit internship option must apply to the CEAE for pre-approval of their proposed placement. The pre-approved non-credit summer internship should include a minimum of approximately 200 hours of work, a clear set of internship responsibilities and expected outcomes, an evaluation by the site supervisor, and journal assignments and exit interview with a member of the CEAE’s career advising team. Prerequisite: non-credit internship application approval by the CEAE. Pass/fail. Fulfills EAE requirement. Summer Session #3 only. Non-credit course.

Students who are accepted to the Lycoming-Established internship programs within the Clean Water Institute, Paradigm Program, or the Williamsport Internship Summer Experience must enroll in this course as part of their internship requirements. Students interested in pursuing one of these established programs can seek application information from the CEAE. Prerequisite: successful application to the internship program. Pass/fail. Fulfills EAE requirement. Summer III Sessions only. Non-credit course.