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Engaged Learning

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The Humanities Department encourages all students to pursue learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Study abroad, field trips, internships, and service-learning courses can all be integrated into a student's program of study. Advisors work closely with students to apply these experiences toward major, minor, and/or elective requirements, as appropriate.


Field Trips

Every year the Humanities Department plans interdisciplinary, educational and fun local and  international field trips.  Contact the Humanities Department to learn about upcoming field trips.Field Trip Polaroids 

Study Abroad and International Trips

Through university sponsored programs Humanities students have several opportunities to travel each year and obtain class credit. Every year, Sr. Patricia Dougherty, Professor of History, leads a trip to Fanjeaux, France,  where the Dominican Order originated. She and others have also led trips to China, Greece, India, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam. Learn more about studying abroad here.


An internship is required as part of the Pathways and undergraduate Day Humanities and Cultural Studies majors.  Among many organizations, students have held internships at the Marin History Museum, Society of California Pioneers, the Dominican University Library, College of Marin, and the Matrix Parent Network. Learn more about internship opportunities here.


Dominican has an active Service Learning program where students learn through service to community partners.  Many courses have a service learning component, and community partners include the Canal Alliance, Marin Aids Project, St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, Community Health & Prevention Wellness Campus, YMCA Youth Court, Marin Abused Women’s Services, and Center for Volunteer & Non-Profit Leadership to name a few. Learn more about Service-Learning at Dominican here. 


Through various organizations like Expressions, the Humanities Department brings outside speakers to the campus. 


There are several clubs on campus for humanities students including the History Club, Dominican Girls, SPDI (Students Promoting Dominican Ideals), and honor societies.  These groups organize off campus trips to museums and conferences and on campus events such as information sessions on current events and social gatherings. Nobel prize recipient Shirin Abadi, and the African American musician Linda Tillery.

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