The Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students (BPATS) is committed to experiential learning that is rooted in the concept of praxis: knowledge that grows from the iterative relationship between action and reflection.
Self-Directed Learning provides a pathway for students to work inside and outside of the classroom as they consider the following questions:
- What does it mean to make something?
- What does it mean to be both a learner and a practitioner?
How Self-Directed Learning Works
Enroll in Self-Directed Learning Fundamentals, a ten-week, 2-credit Liberal Arts course in which you focus on the creation of a project proposal with a clear rationale, learning outcomes, and scope and an identified "content specialist" (a New School faculty member who will mentor you as you work on your project).
In this course, you will gain the skills necessary to determine not only what you will do but also what you will learn, why it qualifies for college-level credit, how you will learn it, and what resources you will need along the way.
You will also have access to a Self-Directed Learning alumnus or alumna - a mentor who can offer firsthand advice.
Enroll in Self-Directed Learning Reflections, a five-week, 1-credit Liberal Arts course in which you work on a project while building your reflection, documentation, and assessment skills.
In this course, you will complete a project and earn Liberal Arts or Non-Liberal Arts credits (up to 6 credits per project, based on the assessment of the instructor and content specialist).
After the initial year of guided coursework and project-based work, you can propose additional components of your original project and/or new projects.
Students may earn a total of 12 Self-Directed Learning credits toward their degree. Credits earned through Self-Directed Learning projects are lower in cost but count the same as any other credits you earn.
Do I Qualify?
Yes, if you are a current BPATS student and you meet the following requirements:
- You need to earn at least five credits and complete two semesters to graduate.
- You are self-motivated and believe in the value of connecting classroom learning with out-of-classroom experience.
- Your schedule provides enough flexibility to allow you to carry out your project.
How Do I Apply?
If you meet these requirements and are interested in applying, please complete the Self-Directed Learning Application.
For more information, contact Ujju Aggarwal, coordinator of Self-Directed Learning, at [email protected]