Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Integrative Learning and PEAK in the Concordia Experience

A philosophy of integration informs student learning at Concordia. Learning shaped by integration is interdisciplinary, tests theory and applies knowledge through practice, moves students beyond the classroom into the worlds of work, professional life, and civic engagement, and fosters real-world problem-solving in dialogue with multiple voices and diverse community interests. Integrative learning binds together study of majors, the Core Curriculum, and cocurricular involvement with the development and refinement of responsible engagement in the world to advance the college’s central mission.

Five criteria define integrative learning at the college:

  1. Venture beyond the classroom.
  2. Encounter and work alongside persons or groups wrestling with complex situations, problems, questions, or challenges.
  3. Construct meaningful, interdisciplinary responses to these encounters, taking seriously multiple perspectives.
  4. Discover questions, perspectives, and problems not necessarily scripted in a course syllabus and work through ambiguity, frustration, and disequilibrium.
  5. Sharpen and apply skills and competencies that flow out of a liberal arts education and are relevant to future employment.

Consistent with Concordia’s emphasis on integrative learning, every student seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree is required to complete two intensive integrative learning experiences known as PEAKs (Pivotal Experience in Applied Knowledge). *Although PEAKs will vary in format and types of experiences, every PEAK must rigorously fulfill the five integrative criteria. Some PEAKs may be linked to a college course, some may involve research-intensive experiences, and some may be connected with internships; others may occur through study off campus or student leadership positions on campus or in the wider community. Students may also create independent PEAK experiences in consultation with advisors and mentors.

Students are eligible to complete a PEAK at any time; however, in most cases, students will not complete a PEAK during the first year of college. Integrative learning across the curriculum and two guaranteed PEAKs for every student distinguishes a Concordia education. Together they ensure that all Concordia students receive an education of personal transformation and meaningful engagement, equipped and ready for lives of responsible service, civic engagement, and meaningful work.

Students who enter the college with junior classification are required to complete only one PEAK experience.

The information below lists approved PEAKs (Pivotal Experiences in Applied Knowledge). Please note that PEAK formats vary, may or may not be associated with a credit-bearing learning experience, and may be option or required components of learning experiences. Students may fulfill their PEAK graduation requirement with PEAKs of any format. Students are also able to submit their own PEAK proposals. Visit the Integrative Learning Cobbernet site for more information about PEAKs and to read several FAQs.

Listed below are the courses and other learning experiences that offer a PEAK required component (PR) or a PEAK optional component (PO) and well as non-course PEAKs. Regardless of the PEAK format, students will need to register for a zero-credit PEAK 400 CRN to complete the requirement.

PEAK Courses

PEAK Required Courses

ART 330Ceramics4
BIOL 409Limnology4
BIOL 444Ecology of East Africa4
BUSN 460Operations Mgmt/Research4
BUSN 462Theory/Appl in Leadership3
CHIN 395Cooperative Education at the Concordia Language Villages1-4
COM 316Intercultural Communication4
COM 403Strategic Communication and Public Relations4
COM 493Documentary - Historical Film4
CSC 335Operations Management/Research4
EDUC 321Methods of Teaching in PE4
EDUC 332Teaching in the K-6 Classroom2
EDUC 352Technology, Instruction & Ecology of the Secondary Classroom4
ENG 265Animal Stories: Kinship, Rivalry, and Alterity4
ENG 267The Ethnographic Essay4
ENG 358Native American Literatures4
ENG 439Film and Literature4
ENVR 265Animal Stories4
ENVR 350Environmental Policy- Politics4
ENVR 475Interdisciplinary Research4
EXS 490Practicum in Exercise Science4
FND 239Nutrition for the Lifecycle4
FND 336Environmental Nutrition4
FND 424Clinical Experience4
FREN 395Cooperative Education at the Concordia Language Villages1-4
FREN 490Practicum4
GER 395Cooperative Learning at CLV1-4
GS 350Family, Community, and Identity in Contemporary Scotland1
HCL 490Healthcare Administration Internship3
HCL 491Healthcare Financial Management Internship3
HCL 492Long Term Care Administration Internship3
HCL 494Long Term Care Administration Internship4
HIST 325Doing Digital History4
MATH 335Operations Management/Research4
NEU 328Human Neuropsychology4
NURS 302Mental Health Nursing0-4
NURS 405Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing4
NURS 423Transition to Professional Nursing4
PSC 305Global Political Islam4
PSC 350Environmental Policy-Politics4
PSYC 220Psychology and Culture4
PSYC 222The Human Mind4
PSYC 326Advanced Developmental Psychology: Aging4
PSYC 328Human Neuropsychology4
PSYC 347Psychology and Religion4
REL 317Making Meaning: Reading, Interpreting and Teaching the Bible4
REL 375Compassionate Justice1
REL 379Religion, Race & Social Justice4
SPAN 395Cooperative Education at the Concordia Language Villages1-4
SPAN 490Practicum1-4
SWK 346Social Work Practice III: Groups, Organizations, and Communities4
SWK 490Social Work Internship10
WLC 395Language & Culture at CLV1-4

The following PEAKs (referenced in the above list) require a sequence of coursework:

EDUC 332Teaching in the K-6 Classroom2
The PEAK associated with this course requires students to complete EDUC 333: Communication Arts Methods, EDUC 334: Math Methods, K-6; EDUC 336: Social Studies Methods, K-6; EDUC 337/338: Science Methods, K-6; and EDUC 332: Teaching in the K-6 Classroom.. Students register for PEAK with EDUC 332 registration.
FND 424Clinical Experience4
The PEAK associated with this course requires students to complete FND 346: Quantity Foods; FND 426: Community Nutrition; and FND 424: Clinical Experience. Students register for PEAK with FND 424 registration.

The following courses are PEAK required but the PEAK only applies to summer offerings of these courses:

ART/ENVR/PHIL 380Nature and Culture: Encountering Landscape through Nature Writing as Public Philosphy and Art of the American West
BIOL 380Tropical Ecology
REL 319Trauma, Resistance, Resilience: Old Testament Perspectives4
REL 339World Christianity4
REL 370Religion in a Global Context4
PEAK only applies to summer offerings of this course in Santorini and South Africa
SOC/BUSN/ENVR 312Global Development Issues
PEAK only applies to summer offerings of this course in South Africa, Amsterdam, and London

PEAK Optional Courses

ACCT 431Tax Accounting II3
CHEM 403Senior Seminar I1
CSC 310Web Design and Programming3
CSC 311Mobile Applications Development3
CSC 390Cooperative Education1-8
CSC 470Applied Software Project3
DATA 390Cooperative Education1-8
ENG 200English at Work in the World1
MUS 170The Concordia Orchestra0
MUS 181The Concordia Band0
PSYC 324Drugs and Behavior4
SPAN 311Spanish Composition & Grammar4
SPAN 312Conversation and Film in the Hispanic World4

The following courses are PEAK optional but the PEAK only applies to summer offerings of these courses:

GS 380Bega Kwa Bega - Service in the Heart of Africa

Non-Course PEAKs

One Land: Three Faiths - Exploration Seminar to Israel and Palestine
Spring Interim Study Away. Student must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in REL 200: Christianity and Religious Diversity
Mayo Innovations Scholars Program (MISP)
Full Year. Students register for the PEAK in spring semester.
Narrative 4
Spring/Summer.
Directed Research
Fall, Spring, Summer.
Youth and Emerging Adult Religious Affiliation Research Program
Fall, Spring.
PSYC Internship PEAK
Fall. Students may or may not register for a "for-credit" internship at the same time.
PSYC Research PEAK
Spring. Students may or may not register for PSYC 487 at the same time.
Theatre PEAK Project
Spring, Fall.
Office of Student Engagement (not being offered 2022-23)
August-April. Experience is an entire year, but students register for PEAK in the spring.
Homecoming Chairperson
December-October. Student starts duties in December and will register for PEAK in the fall when activities conclude.
Resident Assistants (RA)
August-April. Students are RAs the entire year but will register for PEAK in the spring.
Family Weekend Chairperson
January-October. Student starts duties in January but will register for PEAK in the fall when activities conclude.
Physics/Earth Science Research PEAK
Fall, Spring, Summer. Students may register for 487 at the same time.
URSCA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) PEAK
Summer, Fall, Spring. Students do work mainly in summer but some in the fall or spring. Register for the PEAK in the following spring.
NEW Leadership Institute - Patty Johnson Seed Grant
Fall. Register for PEAK in the fall.
Leading from the Heart
Fall.
Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) Program
Fall, Spring.
Habitat for Humanity Trip
Fall, Spring.
Justice Journeys
3-4 trips offered per year.
Corn Feed Chairperson
One per year.
Sustainability Internships
Fall, Spring, Summer.
Swendseid Scholars Award Program
Summer. Internship through the Career Center.
Library Outreach Internship
Yearly. Internship through the Library.
Internship for PEAK
Fall, Spring, Summer. Internship through the Career Center.
Academic Conferences and Community Events Coordinator.
Fall, Spring, Summer.
Student Managers at the Center for Student Success Leading the Leaders
Fall, Spring. Three options: (1) Orientation Committee - PEAK in fall; (2) Tutor Managers - PEAK in spring; (3) Writing Center Managers - PEAK in spring.
Cobber SALT: Students and Alumni Linked Together
Yearly. Six leadership roles: (1) President; (2) Director of Engagement; (3) Director of Professional Development; (4) Director of Alumni Awareness; (5) Director of Marketing; and (6) Director of Operations. Students hold position for the year and register in the spring for PEAK.
Orientation Chairperson
Yearly. Student holds position from September through Orientation the following year. Register for PEAK in the fall at the end of the experience.
PACODES
Fall, Spring.
Washington DC Experience - Government Regulation of Business (tied to BUSN 308)
Spring, May. Offered annually in May in Washington DC.
Physics at National Laboratories
Breakaway.
Norway Peacebuilding Project
Spring Interim or May.
Tutors & FYT Mentors
Yearly. Students hold the position for the academic year (August-April) but register for the PEAK in the spring.
DRIVE Teaching Assistants
Fall, Spring.
Mock Trial
Students begin work in the fall but register for PEAK in the spring.
Camp Counselor PEAK
Summer. Students must meet with PEAK instructor prior to their summer camp counselor experience. Students then register for the PEAK in the fall semester immediately following their experience.
Concordia BuildOn Study and Trek
May. Offered every 2 to 3 years.
Act Six or CAS Mentor
Fall, Spring.
Pre-Medicine Internship for PEAK
Fall, Spring, Summer. Students register for BIOL 390 along with PEAK CRN.
Advancement Student Outreach and Development Assistant PEAK
Connect with Concordia alumni via phone, text and/or video. These paid positions are available both fall and spring semesters. Contact advancement@cord.edu to learn more.
Student Philanthropy Intern PEAK
Students must already be part of the Student Outreach and Development Assistant team to be considered for this PEAK. These paid positions are available both fall and spring semesters. Contact advancement@cord.edu to learn more.
Advancement Student Outreach and Development Manager PEAK
Students must already be part of the Student Outreach and Development Assistant team to be considered for this PEAK. These paid positions are available both fall and spring semesters. Contact advancement@cord.edu to learn more.
Concordian Editor
Annually.
Reading for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (RIDE)
Annually.
Cobbers in Business
Fall, Spring.
Space Grant Robotics Challenge
Annually.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Varies.