Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Q. What does Field Studies at SAIL Do?

A. Field Studies at SAIL provides exciting opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning through a broad range of courses offered outside the traditional classroom. FS sponsors classes from a variety of different disciplines and offer courses both domestically and abroad.

Q. Do I have to be a School of Integrative Studies student to take a field studies course?

A. No, although the center is housed in the School of Integrative Studies, our classes are open equally to any student at Mason interested in the subject taught. Consult your advisor to find out if the course will count as a core requirement in your curriculum.

Q. Do I have to be a Mason student to take field studies course?

A. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply, however you are responsible for complying with established Mason policies for non-degree seeking students. Please check with Mason’s Office of Admissions for more information. In addition, non-Mason students need to check with their home institution as to whether and how a field studies course will transfer to their home institution.

Q. Are field studies courses only science-focused?

A. No. Field Studies courses span a broad range of academic disciplines and subject matters such as Anthropology, Art and Visual Technology, Biology, Dance, Geology, Geography, Integrative Studies, Sociology, etc. Check both our course offerings for a complete list of courses.