At Great Northern University, all full-time students are required to complete 30 hours of practical experience each semester. Students will collaborate with their faculty adviser to help determine which field education opportunity will be most helpful in shaping their career path. This non-credit requirement pushes students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their field of study.
For the Undecided Student
Field education will be beneficial for the student who is not exactly sure about what they want to do after college.
You don't have to come to college already knowing what you want to do for the rest of your life, and we don't expect that from you. Each semester, you will be exposed to a new aspect of your general field of study, which will give you a better idea of what sparks your passion. By the end of your college career, you will have experience in what drives you and which jobs help you pursue what you truly want to do.
For the Student Seeking Experience
Perhaps you already have a general idea of what you'd like to get into after college, but you don't have any idea how to get there. Don't worry, this is normal! At GNU, you can work with your faculty adviser to gain practical career experience. Field education is not just a checkbox requirement. We have designed it with the intention that our students will "practice" their future careers and build their resumes at the same time. In this way, your college years will have a lasting impact on your life even after you graduate.
For the Determined Student
Field education will help determined individuals to get connected in their desired field of study. One of the most important things you can do as a college student is to network. During your college career you are surrounded by resources. It is important that you utilize these resources to make lasting connections that will help you after your receive your diploma. Through field education, you can get directly connected with leaders and experts in your field.