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Learn by doing. Learn by doing good.
At Medaille College, learning is hands-on and connected with the community. Through EQUIP, our faculty work directly with students to link classroom learning with real-world problem-solving—right from the first semester. EQUIP encourages early and continuous career exploration through community involvement and internships. In every undergraduate program, students get out of the classroom to apply learning through team work, projects, and service in local organizations. By graduation, students have developed the skills that employers want, and they have built a network to rely on for future opportunities.
And because successful careers happen when we understand a profession’s impact on the community, we designed an experience that will connect student learning and personal goals with the needs and opportunities in Buffalo, the region, and the world.
Want to learn more about community-based learning? Visit our Center for Community-Based Learning!
YEAR 1: EXPLORE your community and QUESTION your role
Build foundational skills for college success and achieve a greater understanding of yourself and your community.
Now in it's sixth year, the Freshman Summer Reading Program is a cornerstone of Medaille College's first-year learning experience.
YEAR 2: UNDERSTAND your major
Connect your academic major to important community issues while exploring career options.
The following are designated as "U" courses within academic majors:
- APY 300 Urban Anthropology: An analysis of urban communities in historical and cultural perspectives; the role of cities in large societies and cultural systems; the application of anthropological techniques in understanding complex urban communities.
- BIO 120 Botany: A study of the plant structure, physiology, and classification. Fundamental concepts of genetics and evolution will be introduced. Special emphasis will be placed on the ecological importance and ecological value of plants.
- COM 200 Digital Media Production: An introduction to digital media production and multimedia techniques using video, audio, graphics and photographs. This course provides students with a critical understanding of visual storytelling from the shaping of ideas to shooting, capturing and editing a final product. Students will also be introduced to the concept of “backpack journalism” as well as the skills involved in creating media presentations for multiple formats and technological outlets.
- EDU 210 Educational Foundations: This course is an introductory study of approaches to education through research and observation in education. The course is designed to provide a body of work in educational theory which examines current and anticipated educational trends from a sociological, philosophical, and historical perspective. Students will utilize reflective practice and culturally responsive approaches. The course will also examine how these trends impact school organization, personnel and school curricula. This interdisciplinary approach will help students think deeply about issues centering on power and privilege, multiculturalism, inequity; and tracking, educational reform, dropouts, community/school relations and affirmative action. Such an exploration will encourage students to become critical and reflective educational practitioners. In alignment with the New State Dignity for All Students Act, students will analyze and discuss issues related to race, class, gender, exceptionalities, sexual orientation, religion, bullying/cyber-bullying and language.
- EDU 469 Foundations of Education: This course is designed to provide a body of work in educational theory which examines current and anticipated educational trends from a sociological, philosophical, and historical perspective.
- ENG 205 Introduction to Literature: A study of the basic literary forms, techniques and processes used in poetry, drama and the short story, as well as an introduction to some of their classical origins. In addition to selections from European and American literature, students will read selected classical and religious texts that have contributed to the development of Western Literature. A community-based component of the course is added through in-class oral reports or other reporting methods detailing Western New York literary arts resources. Students will also attend a local reading and write a review of that reading as part of their coursework.
- ENG 375 Children’s Literature: From Ancient Myth to the Digital Age: This course is a study of children’s (birth through adolescence) literature and media from a broad range of cultures, periods, and genres. The course will examine the history, the development, and the reception of children’s literature and media. A community-based learning project will provide an opportunity for students to understand and apply children’s literature in real-world, multicultural contexts.
- INT 325 Intercultural Communication: The overarching purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the process of communicating across cultural boundaries. It will deal with culture as both a producer and product of communication. It will discuss how cultural similarities and differences may facilitate or impede political, economic, and social exchanges between people of different cultural backgrounds. The course will develop an appreciation of intercultural communication as an essential factor in promoting peace and fostering development in national, regional, and global contexts. This course may be used as a Liberal Arts and Sciences elective.
- MAT 260 Linear Algebra: This course is an introduction to Linear Algebra. The topics covered will include Systems of Linear Equations, Vectors and Vector Spaces, Linear Transformations, Linear Dependence, Matrices, Determinants, Basis and Dimensions, Eigenvectors and Invariant Spaces.
- MIS 240 Management Information Systems: This course introduces students to basic computing concepts and various business-oriented software applications. Hands-on software instructions are designed to emphasize fundamental aspects in managerial statistics and database development. The course will discuss information technology from the perspective of its potential impact upon competitive strategy and organizational operations Students will be required to attend computer lab sessions to practice concepts learned in lectures.
- SOC 281 Multicultural Diversity: This course is intended for Criminal Justice and other majors that are committed to societal service. It is designed to prepare students to effectively interact and understand a variety of diverse people within mainstream society. The course will offer students opportunities to engage in different experiences related to multicultural and diverse populations through in-depth study and practical research based applications along with service learning opportunities. Students will acquire a more integrated approach and knowledge of diverse groups through greater interaction and discussion of contemporary issues confronting diversity within society. Attention will be placed on students becoming better consumers of information from and about people of diverse populations through sensitivity workshops and training which are intended to positively affect their personal and professional attitudes and behaviors within their respective career fields. Skill application will be stressed through realistic practice exercises.
VET 277 Preceptorship II: Each student spends 90 hours in a small animal, mixed (small and large) animal or other veterinary practice or facility to gain practical experience in the areas of surgery, anesthesia, treatment, radiology, laboratory and general veterinary facility operations. The primary objective is to reinforce and expand upon learning concepts by participating in actual cases. Students will be exposed to the role of Veterinary Medicine and its impact on Society as expressed in the Veterinary Technician Oath.
YEAR: 3 INVOLVE yourself
Through internships, field experiences, and service-learning projects, build your network and gain the skills that will empower you for career success.
YEAR 4: PRODUCE new knowledge
Apply your learning to solve real-world problems and create an original project that has the potential to make a difference.
This research-based project is completed as a two-course sequence and gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor.
GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I: The baccalaureate capstone is a course about ideas and the ways in which the educated person contends with them. The course deals in an integrative, interdisciplinary fashion with the five broad General Education themes: The Self and Others, Global Perspectives, Creative Expression, Science and Technology, and Communication. The course invites students to engage in a sophisticated way with ideas and works that raise questions about and shed light upon contemporary life. Through the process of reading, reflection, writing, and discussion, students will be required to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills generally held to be the hallmark of the educated individual pursuing and enjoying an informed life.
GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II: This seminar course gives students the opportunity to integrate their course work with individual research projects. Each student is responsible for the production, presentation, and defense of a research paper which addresses a specific academic topic related to the college’s General Education core. Research projects must demonstrate significant knowledge within the selected topic area, an understanding of its place in an integrated intellectual framework, and a high level of skill development.
Implementation of EQUIP is supported by a generous grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation, 2010–2012.