The Expanded Classroom Requirement (ECR) asks students to combine theory with practice, to combine experiences inside and outside the classroom. All students entering the college of Arts and Sciences with 45 or fewer credits as of fall 2007 must complete one Expanded Classroom course or program. All courses and programs that satisfy this requirement must be approved by the ECR Oversight Committee.

ECR courses and programs are credit-bearing experiences that contain one of the following elements:

Study Away

Study abroad opportunities include a range of programs approved by the ECR Oversight Committee.

Study Tours

On study tours, a Suffolk University professor leads students in the study of a subject matter that involves substantial travel away from the campus in the context of a course.

Field Work

Field work involved the practical application of methods and theories being studied in a course.

Internships and Cooperative Learning

Internships and cooperative learning include a wide variety of educational experiences in the context of a course in which the student works in a professional, educational, or service context.

Service Learning

Service learning involves working with a community service provider in the context of a course.

Linked Learning

This category includes all activities that satisfy the expanded classroom learning goals of the ECR but which do not fall into any of the other categories listed above. The ECR can be fulfilled by a linked learning activity for which the student finds a faculty sponsor for an Independent Study course or similar faculty mentored course. Once the student finds a faculty mentor, then the mentor must submit the proposal for approval to the ECR Oversight Committee during the semester prior to completing the requirement.

ECR courses are listed in the Academic Catalog under Expanded Classroom Requirement Course List.