Student FAQ

What is the Bridges Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO)?

The Bridges Common Learning Experience includes an Experiential Learning Opportunity as a way to ensure every Duquesne undergraduate enjoys an occasion for meaningful, hands-on education. ELOs can take the form of practicums, internships, student research, study abroad, community engagement, student leadership, and more.

I enrolled at Duquesne before Fall 2021. Do I need to meet the Experiential Learning requirement?

Yes, if you enrolled at Duquesne in Fall 2020 or later. If you enrolled at Duquesne earlier than Fall 2020 you will not need to meet the requirement in order to graduate. If you transferred to Duquesne with an Associate's Degree you will not need to meet the requirement in order to graduate.

Do I need to complete an Individual ELO proposal?

Most majors include an ELO which is required as part of the major. You do not need to submit an ELO proposal form for these. If you want to undertake an Individual ELO (even if you already have an ELO as part of your major), please complete the Individual Experiential Learning Opportunity proposal.

How do I design an ELO?

Invite a faculty member or an appropriate Duquesne staff member to serve as your Director. Discuss your idea and develop a plan. Complete and submit the Individual Experiential Learning Opportunity proposal. If your major does not already include an ELO as a requirement for the major, be sure to allow sufficient time to plan an Individual ELO, secure approval, and execute it.

Where do I find out my School's ELO designee?

Department Chairs, program Directors, and Associate Deans can serve as School Designees.

Does an ELO have to be a course?

No. Some courses already qualify as ELOs, such as clinicals or study abroad courses. Individual ELOs can be linked to a course but can also be free-standing.

Can I use a past experience for an ELO?

If you are a transfer students who has received academic credit for certain experiences, such as an internship, you can work with your advisors to apply that credit towards the requirement. Otherwise, you will satisfy the requirement though activity undertaken while enrolled at Duquesne.