Engaged Scholars Program

The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) enables students who are passionate about communities and the challenges they face to design courses of study and action as part of their concentration requirements. Through guided coursework, advising and hands-on experience working with community partners, students in ESP are able to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions and develop skills that prepare them for lives of effective action. Students who complete the program receive an academic transcript notation as Engaged Scholars.

If you are a current Engaged Scholar, click here for more program information.


Engaged Scholars complete four requirements:

1. Engaged Courses
2. ESP Practicum
3. ESP Seminar
4. ESP Capstone

Advising and mentoring is critical to the Engaged Scholars Program, from course selection to practicum development.  As a general rule, academic departments and programs provide advising through faculty advisors for course selection and capstone development.  ESP staff primarily advise on practicum development, and also provide ongoing advising about program requirements.

Student participation in the program is tracked by ESP staff and concentration advisors in ASK. We encourage ESP students to continually update their concentration course plan in ASK to include engaged courses.  Additionally, the ESP Canvas site, available to ESP students and viewable by advisors and ESP staff, provides more information about program requirements and is a platform for submitting program requirements, including practicum work plans and reflections.

More information about Program Requirements.


The Engaged Scholars Program accepted applications from students in participating concentrations through Summer 2020 but is not enrolling additional students in Fall 2020. The College Curriculum Council will likely approve a new undergraduate certificate in engaged scholarship (ESC), which will build on the strengths and core elements of ESP and be accessible to students in any concentration. 

We expect students to be able to enroll in ESC beginning in Spring 2021. All students already participating in ESP will be supported through to graduation. With questions about the certificate or this transition, please email [email protected].


Julie Plaut, Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Engaged Scholarship, [email protected]. Advising hours: Mondays 8:00-11:00 a.m. (claim an appointment here), Thursdays 12:00-1:00 p.m. and by appointment (email to schedule and receive the Zoom link).

General: [email protected].