Students participating in two-semester Co-ops generally go in the fall or spring of the junior year. The second “semester” of the Co-op is actually the summer break. Senior year Co-ops are usually not recommended, as they interfere with required classes for the majors.
The Department of Language, Literature and Communication offers a four-credit Communication Internship (COMM-4300) course. The internship may be taken for credit in conjunction with a Co-op if the instructor of the Communication Internship course deems that the Co-op merits academic credit and meets the additional criteria for internship credit. (Please contact the instructor of the internship course for more information.)
Students should be aware that retroactive credit is not given for internships. Those students who begin the Co-op in the spring semester must register for the internship during the corresponding spring semester. Those who will start the Co-op during the fall must register for the internship in the fall, in order to ensure that the coordination between the employer and instructor is stream-lined. This could result in additional tuition charges during the Co-op period.
The internship class may be included in the EMAC and COMM core curriculum as an advanced course within the concentration. EART students are also allowed to take this course in many cases, although they will not be able to count it towards the EART core. EART students may also talk to an Arts professor about the possibility of an independent study. (Either option would result in credit towards the HA&SS requirements or free electives for EART students.)
It is possible for a student to still graduate on time while participating in a Co-op by taking 20 credit hours for 4 semesters (the equivalent of the 16 credits that will not be taken while on Co-op). This is an option that must be discussed with the adviser and weighed carefully, based on an individual student’s overall performance and learning style. Students may also transfer in credits from summer classes that have been pre-approved.