Engaged Students
There are many places and ways to learn. At DWU, students are not just expected to listen and take notes in a classroom; they learn through internships, special projects, undergraduate research and service opportunities.

  • One student traveled by private plane with at local radiologist to a Lakota reservation to conduct outreach work. The experience reaffirmed her passion for science and her desire to go to med school.

  • Another student, pursuing an individualized major created specially for his interests in history and ancient languages, was a contributing author in a Congressional Quarterly publication.

  • A group of students in the leadership and public service program designed and conducted the only college-run political poll in the state. They’ve conducted the polls for several years and their results have been picked up by media around the world.

  • One biology student did an internship in Alaska, studying tree line ecology in the Noatak National Preserve. The internship was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research for Undergraduates program.

  • Students in the DWU theatre program study theater production in Great Britain during a special May term seminar that takes them onto Shakespeare’s stage and into London’s theatre district. 

  • The criminal justice department’s forensics classroom is a crime scene, specially constructed by local law enforcement officers and replicating a real crime.

  • Student nurses conduct health screening for local health fairs and senior centers.

  • The presence of an elementary school on the Dakota Wesleyan campus means that education students have the opportunity to work in classroom settings from the very beginning of their college coursework.

  • Athletic training students work with college and high school athletes providing sports medicine assistance at all games and contests.

  • Students in the DWU business program don’t just discuss global business, they experience it through faculty-directed classes held in China where students engage Chinese business persons and study first-hand the global Chinese economy and culture. 
In fact, every student has the opportunity to do an internship or practicum, conduct research, or do some kind of capstone project. Sure, they learn in the classroom … but they’ll rise to the top because of their out-of-class experiences.
Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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