At Notre Dame, classroom learning across the curriculum is applied in real-world contexts through visits to our local neighbors. Classes regularly visit historic landmarks, civic and political organizations, and culturally-rich communities within walking distance of campus including the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, the Tech Interactive, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, the San José Museum of Art and San José State University. These are just a few of the resources that provide opportunities for faculty to empower students to think critically and creatively about the world around them.
In an average year, students take more than 67 walking field trips to 23 local destinations. Last year, due to COVID, downtown field trips were suspended but they're back! This week students in Economics ventured to the local Farmer's Market to visit vendors and their merchandise before returning to campuss to discuss how it relates to entrepreneurship and branding. Students will be developing small business plans and strategies based on their research and knowledge of the four key market factors that affect businesses.