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The Paracurriculum/Experiential Learning

In recognition of the value of acquiring certain skills and participating in various activities, the college has established a group of personal skill and creative activity courses called the paracurriculum. Paracurricular courses are identified by course numbers below 100; they normally carry one or two credits. To graduate, a student must have three credits in paracurricular courses, one of which must be in physical education or dance. Students who matriculate at Linfield having earned an Associate Transfer Degree, or the equivalent, or having completed 60 transferable credits, are exempt from the Paracurricular requirement. For the purposes of this requirement only, students with an unencumbered RN license will be considered to have an Associate Transfer Degree. All paracurricular courses are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

  • First Semester/First Year Seminar (IDST 007, 008, or 009) is included in the eight-credit maximum.
  • For a second bachelor's degree, no more than two credits in paracurricular courses, with no more than one from any one department.

Courses in the Experiential Learning categories of Internships, Peer Instruction (those courses numbered 439), and most paracurricular courses are denoted by an EL designation in the catalog. Students may count toward graduation no more than 20 credits total from courses designated as EL.

Within this 20-credit maximum, the following more specific limitations also apply:

  • no more than ten credits from internships may count toward graduation; and
  • no more than five credits from peer instruction courses may count toward graduation

All Paracurricular and EL courses taken will be recorded on a student’s transcript, but credits above these maxima will not count toward graduation.