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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog THIS IS NOT THE CURRENT CATALOG. LINKS AND CONTENT ARE OUT OF DATE!

Learning Beyond the Classroom (GELB)


A university education is about more than just classes. Students involved in activities outside of the classroom have higher retention rates and more positive educational experiences. Learning Beyond the Classroom encourages students to obtain hands-on experience and to learn about professionalism; it also provides a way to apply classroom knowledge.

Satisfy Two of the following Six groups:


Satisfy two of the following six groups by completing one EMU-approved experience or course in two different groups (e.g. Group 2: Complete WGST 230L and Group 3: attend 8 cultural or academic events).

Group 1: Self and Well-Being


One option from the following:

Option 2: Participate in Other Related Campus Activities


  • College GPS: (G)oals + (P)lanning = (S)uccess

Group 2: Community Service, Citizenship and Leadership


One option from the following:

Option 1: Participate in intensive leadership development experience sponsored by campus departments:


Option 2: Serve on executive board of a recognized student organization (for one year)


Option 3: Volunteer for community service with a recognized student organization (minimum 20 hours of volunteer service)


Option 4: Work as a student employee in a campus leadership role:


Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events


One option from the following:

Option 1: Attend eight cultural or academic events


[Note: Attending eight events only satisfies one LBC experience in this group]

These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. Check the Gen-Ed website, Student Activities Calendar, and/or resources for finding LBC events to identify LBC-approved events. The following are examples of the types of events which typically qualify: art exhibitions; lectures; colloquia; symposia; music and dance performances; theatrical performances.

Option 2: Participate in a cultural, arts or entertainment production


These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. Events sponsored solely by a student organization are specifically excluded from consideration. The following are some of the opportunities that are typically available:

  • Visual Arts/Exhibitor at EMU Art Exhibits
  • Vocal or Ensemble Musician in an EMU Production
  • Dancer in an EMU Production
  • Forensics Team
  • Theatrical Performer (Mainstage Productions, CloseUp Theatre Troupe, Six Figures Playback Theatre)

Group 4: Career and Professional Development


One option from the following:

Option 1: Participate in a non-credit bearing career exploration experience:


Option 2: Complete a credit-bearing exploration course approved for LBC Group 4:


A course with any of the following words in the title:

  • Clinical

  • Cooperative Education

  • Field Experience

  • DTC (Dietetics) Experience

  • Internship

  • Practicum

  • Nursing Practice

Option 3: Significant involvement with a professional, discipline-based organization:


Significant involvement with a professional (regional, national, or international) discipline-based organization. To find participation opportunities, check with your academic major department. Professional discipline-based organizations are those maintained outside the boundaries of EMU; e.g. American Psychological Association (APA), or National Communication Association (NCA). This involvement must be documented work for the organization as a volunteer or officer.

Group 5: International and Multicultural Experience:


One option from the following:

Option 1: Study Abroad sponsored by EMU


  • Academic Programs Abroad Office, Alternative Spring Break outside of the United States

Option 2: Participate in planning and implementing a major international or multicultural event at EMU


These events must be held on campus, sponsored by an academic department or college, DC1 or Campus Life, and you must have significant, documented involvement in the programming, implementing, budgeting, contracting, marketing, facilities and technical operations, or management of the event. The following are examples of the types of events that typically qualify:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Black History Month

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

  • International Week

  • Martin Luther King (MLK) Week

  • Model United Nations

  • Native American History Month

  • Pride Month

Option 3: Complete a World Language Course approved for LBC Group 5:


  • Any world language course, if not used to fulfill the Gen Ed Humanities Requirements

  • Any second world language course, if not used to fulfill the Gen Ed Humanities Requirements

Group 6: Undergraduate Research


One option from the following:

Option 1: Engage in original scholarship or creative activity leading to the dissemination of work


  • Presentation of original student work at a state, regional, national, or international conference.

  • Presentation at EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium.

  • Publication of original student work in a juried professional journal, website, book, etc. Must be sponsored by an EMU faculty member.

Option 2: Participate in an approved research-design experience


  • Mathematical Contest in Modeling

  • Product Research and Development Enterprise