Experiential Learning Requirement FAQ

My Degree Audit Catalog Year is 2017-2018, but I started at Stetson before Fall 2017.  Do I have to satisfy the ELR?

No. The Experiential Learning Requirement only applies to students who began in the Fall 2017 semester or later. Students who began earlier than Fall 2017 and have changed their Catalog Year to 2017-2018 will be granted a waiver for the 2 ELR credits that show on Degree Audit. However, we strongly encourage these students to complete internships and other significant career-building activities.

I started at Stetson in Fall 2017 (or later), but I already have enough credits to be considered a Sophomore or Junior. Do I have to satisfy the ELR?

Yes. Students should plan to complete the ELR along with all other graduation requirements. Consult with the ELR Office early to make a roadmap for success.

I am a transfer student. Do I have to satisfy the ELR? Can I get ELR credit for an activity I completed at my previous institution?

Transfer students who began at Stetson in Fall 2017 or later and transferred 45+ credits are required to complete only 1 ELR credit. Transfer students who began at Stetson in Fall 2017 or later and transferred fewer than 45 credits are required to complete 2 ELR credits. ELR credit will not be awarded for experiences completed prior to beginning at Stetson University.

I am trying to graduate early. Do I still need to complete two ELR credits?

Yes. Students should plan to complete the ELR along with all other graduation requirements. Consult with the ELR Office early to make a roadmap for success.

I am a non-traditional student and have several years of significant work experience. Does my previous professional experience satisfy the ELR?

Maybe. Please consult with the ELR Office to determine on a case-by-case basis whether your professional experience may satisfy the ELR.

I currently work full time. Does my job satisfy the ELR?

Maybe. Please consult with the ELR Office to determine on a case-by-case basis whether your full-time job may satisfy the ELR.

I have completed four years of full-time military service. Will my previous experience satisfy the ELR?

Yes. The ELR may be satisfied for students who have completed four years of full-time military service. Consult with the ELR Office to see this applied to your Degree Audit.

My part-time job is relevant to my future career. Will that satisfy one of my ELR credits?

No. Although a part-time job can be a great skill-builder, it should be considered a stepping stone to help you land an excellent internship – which will satisfy an ELR credit. Consult with the ELR Office if you have questions about your part-time job and the ELR.

I am completing intensive coursework that I will include on my résumé. Will that satisfy one of the ELR credits?

No. The nature of the ELR is to take what you have learned in the classroom and put it into practice in the real world. Work done for any course may be considered excellent preparation for internships and other experiences, but will not satisfy an ELR credit.

I’m a Bonner Scholar. Do I have to satisfy the ELR?

Yes. Credit will be awarded for internships (taken for academic credit) and for completion of the Certificate of Community Engagement – both of which are already Bonner requirements.