EXL Opportunities


There are many EXL opportunities at MTSU within a student's major, minor, general education or elective courses. Many departments offer applied experience, service learning, creative activity courses or internships for their majors. Check out just a few examples of EXL activities across campus. Contact the faculty member or department chair in your major for more information. View a complete list of EXL Courses. Check back often as this list is constantly changing.


Types of EXL Courses:

Applied Experience
Applied learning courses offers practical application of discipline related knowledge through projects with businesses and non-profit organizations.

Service Learning
Service-learning is a student centered teaching method that involves academic instruction in partnership with MTSU and the larger community. The primary focus of service-learning is to enhance critical and reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in organized community partnerships that address local needs while developing their academic skills and sense of civic responsibility and community.

Creative Activity
Creative activity courses consist of a project that is driven by the student's imagination, talents, and/or skills that result in a tangible outcome such as works rendered in aural, visual, physical, written word, electronic media, and/or other forms.  Performance and exhibition of creative works may also be included.

Study Abroad
Have you ever ...
Dreamed of seeing the pyramids of Mexico, the Tower of London, the Amazon rainforest, the Great Wall of China, the ruins of Athens, or the Great Barrier Reef of Australia?
Imagined studying art in Italy, anthropology in Brazil, business in Japan, ecology in Costa Rica, French in Paris, history in Senegal, music in Austria, or reading Shakespeare in England?
Study Abroad offers students these opportunities and many more through a variety of well organized, intellectually challenging, and all-around exhilarating educational experiences.

As an undergraduate or graduate student, now is the time to take advantage of these opportunities as there will never be an easier, more cost-effective time to travel, while also receiving academic credit toward your degree. Learn more at MTSU Office of Education Abroad

Senior Katie Reeb says, "My experience in Spain taught me more in six weeks than any lecture or textbook ever could. I noticed a significant improvement in my communication skills and gained a greater appreciation for the Spanish world."


Teacher Education
Teacher education courses are applied learning courses designed specifically for teacher education programs.

Lab Course
Experiential learning lab courses are applied learning courses where students connect lab acitvities with real world application/experience.

Internship/Co-op Education

Internship courses and cooperative education provides participating students with a unique opportunity to gain real world experience while pursuing a degree. integrates classroom studies with supervised work assignments at actual job sites. While working in a position related to their academic program of study, students are able to develop a better understanding of some of the day-to-day issues and applications. "Co-op is a great learning experience. It would have been impossible to land this job without it because Nissan promotes from within." -- Thad Lewis, Production Area Manager, Nissan North America, MTSU 2004 graduate, B.B.A.



Other Opportunities:

American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement. Learn more about civic involvement.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development at MTSU promotes a comprehensive array of both classroom and co-curricular opportunities designed to enhance personal growth, leadership skills, and community involvement. Learn more about how Leadership Development works to fully develop the leadership potential we believe is present in every student.

Undergraduate Research

Learn more about the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.