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We believe in learning by doing.

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CTLL learning programs are multidisciplinary and experiential, bringing together students and faculty from diverse disciplines to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

The CTLL provides exciting hands-on learning opportunities that take students well beyond our traditional classrooms. The reach of our programs also extends beyond campus, both regionally and internationally. Our learning programs are well-planned, supervised, and assessed to ensure quality in academic inquiry, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness, and leadership.

International Immersion Experiences

The CTLL facilitates two international immersion programs and supports others through scholarships and support of faculty and students gaining international experience. We work with local partners to create a fully collaborative undertaking so that both students and local partners gain from the experience.

Human Development in Barcelona, Spain. We offer two courses in Barcelona each summer. HD 350 Family Diversity, which meets the UCORE DIVR requirement, gives students an opportunity to not only learn about diverse conceptions of family, but also to experience this diversity through homestays with Spanish families. HD 498 Field Placement is available to HD majors to gain internship experience with Spanish and Catalonian human service agencies.

Global Leadership in Kenya. Beginning in Summer 2024, students will work with the CTLL and an NGO in Kenya called the Maa Trust to experience the beauty and possibility of the Maasai Mara in Kenya, collaborating with the local community to advance sustainable solutions to difficult challenges. Each year the program will incorporate global leadership and a different area of focus in the Maasai Mara ecosystem, and in the inaugural trip the focus will be on beekeeping, which impacts nearly every aspect of the global food system, and which can substantially improve sustainable agriculture and economic prospects, both locally and globally.

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