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Experiential Learning

Faculty in HPSS take full advantage of the experiential learning opportunities created by Experience One scheduling.  Most commonly, this involves immersing student in research activities beginning in our general education and freshman classes.  Students are provided opportunities to explore topics of interest to them that also relate to their coursework.  Often this involves use of archival materials, museum artifacts, interviews, and mass media resources as well as more traditional library holdings.  The results of that research are often shared with a wider audience via class presentations, student publications, radio broadcasts, poster displays, and via the campus student symposium.  

In addition to research activities, student learning occurs during field trips to local landmarks like Bannack State Park (a "ghost" town that was the original Montana Territorial capital), Clark's Lookout (where Lewis & Clark surveyed the vistas of the Beaverhead Valley), the Butte Mining District (the "richest hill on earth"), and the State Legislature in Helena, among others.  Faculty have also made foreign travel a component of our offerings, with recent trips to Italy, German, the Czech Republic, Scandanavia, Ireland, and Scotland.  

Beyond those we strive to create for our students, we encourage them to relate previous experiences to what they are studying in class.  In this way, they contribute to each other's-- as well as their professors'-- ongoing education while recognizing the important links between what they do in school and the rest of their lives.