Third-Year: High-Impact Practices

The Westfield State Experience

Engage in intensive, nontraditional learning experiences like undergraduate research and creative activity, service learning, study abroad and internships.


 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Answer the questions that engage you in your major

Your curiosity can lead to experiences beyond the classroom that contribute to your success as a student, and in life.  Undergraduate research and creative activity are two areas where exploring your curiosity is highly encouraged, with the one-on-one support of a faculty mentor.

You'll be involved in observation, technology, and a sense of excitement that comes from answering the questions that your curiosity has awakened.

 Civic Engagement

Apply your skills and knowledge to enhance your community

You may have a desire to make a difference in the lives of your community, or a community in another country.  Service learning will satisfy that as you explore ways to contribute locally or globally to the critical needs of others.  Students who seize the opportunity to transform communities or lives often find themselves transformed as well. 

The satisfaction of making a difference can be life-changing!


 Study Abroad

Bring your passion for learning overseas

Students choose from over 35 countries, for either a semester, year or short-term study abroad experience

Not ready to go abroad but want to spend time exploring a new environment? The National Student Exchange program gives you the chance to study at a variety of U.S. college campuses.

There are so many places to see, and so many experiences to have, and there’s no better time to explore the world than when you are a student and can receive credit while you travel


Take what you've learned in the classroom into the workplace

Your Westfield State experience is further complemented by internships, where you can take your classroom learning into the “real world” and apply it in a work setting related to your field of study.  Not only does this give you the practical experience to build your confidence and apply your learning, it gives you an added advantage when seeking employment or graduate school

Internships also provide great networking opportunities!



For me, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a college was the study abroad options. Once I explored the endless possibilities for studying abroad offered at Westfield State, I knew it was the right place for me.

Freshmen year, I jumped right in and joined the short-term course to Nicaragua and, cheesy as it may sound, it changed my life.