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Field Study is designed to bridge the academy-community divide. Students complete fieldwork at a community partner site while learning how to synthesize academic work to address an issue identified through their fieldwork. The co-curricular approach is based on evidence that learning is maximized when it is active, when students are engaged, and when theories and research are informed by their application to “real world” problems.
Due to the shift to remote learning, students are no longer able to complete the fieldwork portion of the class. However, the core purpose of the field study program remains the same: Having students reflect on how to apply what they learn in the classroom to addressing societal challenges facilitates personal and professional growth, and deepens understanding of linkages between theory and practice, producing more informed and engaged business and civic leaders.
Students have proposed research topics related to the field sites they would have worked at. The Wikipedia assignment will help them solidify their knowledge in that topic area.