The House Course
The PWILD Experiential Education House Course is a half credit, student facilitated course open to all undergraduates that meets every Monday night between 7:30 and 10:00 PM. Each week, the house course focuses on a different topic relating to experiential education, and by the end of the course, the student should have developed a greater understanding of not only what experiential education is but how to use it to get the most out of life.
Readings for the course include one novel that is read throughout the semester and a variety of shorter readings particular to each week of the course. Around 50 to 60 students can take the house course, but to inspire more in-depth discussion, each student will be placed in a smaller “reading crew”. With this group of around 5 students and 3 leaders, house course participants will meet weekly to discuss the readings, personal projects, and applicable experiences because after all that's what the course is about!
In addition to weekly meetings, the course includes a fieldtrip for each reading crew, in which you will spend a couple days together, an “experience weekend”. The other out of class commitment is the March backpacking trip (during Spring Break). As a culmination of skills and philosophies accumulated during the course, you will kick it in Pisgah National Forest with a new small group, your March crew. You will rock your socks off hiking, camping, and getting to know eight former strangers like the back of your hand. Sign up is on ACES. If the class if full, or if you have any other questions, please contact our House Course Directors.