Field education, commonly referred to as "field experience," "internship," or "cultural experience," usually takes place off-campus, yet is an integral part of the student's academic experience. Its purpose is to promote personal and career development by integrating classroom study with planned and supervised practical experience in vocational, educational, or cultural activities outside the classroom.
Enrollment in field education is an elective option in certain majors or graduate programs and a requirement in others. Students should refer to catalog requirements to determine how field education applies. The program is open to George Fox University students only.
Academic credit may be earned through participation in an approved field education program. For traditional undergraduate students, two types of off-campus experiences are available: career and cultural. The career-oriented field experience focuses on two levels, which are "exploratory" (275) and "preparatory" (475). These two levels provide opportunity for initial exposure to a career-interest area and for realistic preparation toward a chosen field. A full-time undergraduate student may register for up to 12 credit hours of field education coursework during one semester. Part-time involvement can generate credit at the same rate as other methods of learning. Thirty to 45 clock hours per semester are required for one hour of credit. A maximum of 20 hours may be accumulated in field education between numbers 275, 375, and 475. A maximum of 12 hours between the career-oriented options, 275 and 475, may be applied to a degree (the 12 credit maximum also applies to students earning a second bachelor's degree).
Applications for field experience should be requested through the IDEA Center. Applications must be completed, approved by the department chairperson, and submitted to the registrar’s office for enrollment. The vital link to a successful field experience is the faculty sponsor (supervisor) with whom the learning plan is developed and carried out. The program also necessitates a field supervisor at the location of service or employment with whom the faculty sponsor and student interrelate.
Evaluation of the field experience is based upon successful completion of the stated individualized objectives in the learning plan. Field experience is graded pass/no pass.