Engaged Learning

Students in Writing LabThe College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) provides many high-impact experiential learning activities beyond the classroom, including research opportunities, study abroad programs, service learning, and internships—all of which help prepare students for success beyond college.

Through experiential learning, CHSS undergraduate and graduate students turn theory into practice, applying their classroom knowledge in ways that challenge them and integrate their academic experiences. 

  • Internships: University Career Services offers resources for seeking paid and unpaid internships
  • Research: CHSS provides students with undergraduate and graduate student research support
  • Study abroad: Many CHSS students participate in study abroad programs
  • Service learning: The Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECIL) develops strategies to help students collaborate on positive social change in their communities. 
  • Arlington Fellows: The Arlington Fellows programs are five cohort academic programs that challenge Mason undergraduates to take their learning to the next level. 
  • Lab for Writing and Communication: Through the Lab for Writing and Communication accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide free writing and communication consultation to Mason students, faculty and staff. 
  • Watershed Lit: Center for Engagement and Publishing Practice: Watershed Lit fosters professional development of writers, teachers, and future literary leaders and spearheads Fall for the Book, Northern Virginia Writing Project, Poetry Daily, Stillhouse Press, and the Cheuse Center for International Writers.