Engaged Scholars Program

The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) offers students curricular and co-curricular opportunities to connect academic theory and practice through hands-on experience focused on important social challenges. Through concentrations affiliated with ESP, students passionate about social issues pursue courses of study and action to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions, and develop critical skills that prepare them for their future at Brown and beyond. 

The Engaged Scholars Program in Education is intended for Education Studies concentrators interested in making connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engagement, including internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, school-based education work, social service in education, or other forms of community and clinical involvement. The program combines preparation, experience, and reflection to provide students with opportunities to integrate academic learning and social engagement.

The student must declare Education Studies as a concentration and:

• Take two courses on topics relevant to engaged scholarship that could count toward the elective component of the concentration (see a list of examples below for courses with an “engaged pedagogical component”).

•  Complete a two-part ESP capstone: 

1) A significant long-term project of engaged scholarship approved by the Faculty Advisor of Engaged Scholars Program (this project is referred to by ESP as a practicum).  Projects may be aligned with courses or pursued independently and are expected to last 150-250 hours (projects can occur during the school year, in the summer, or both) 


2) A Senior capstone seminar designed for engaged scholars.

  • Students must enroll in the required ESP interdisciplinary course (SOC 310:  Theory and Practice of Engaged Scholarship) and participate in an interdisciplinary community of undergraduate scholars that meets regularly for programming (workshops, lectures and other events).  See ESP website for more information.

 Education courses that might include components in engagement (students should consult with the faculty advisor and primary instructor to confirm that courses meet the components in engagement):

      EDUC 1090 Adolescent Fiction

      EDUC1690 Literacy, Community, & the Arts: Theory into Practice

      EDUC 0900 Fieldwork and Seminar in Secondary Education

      EDUC 1010 Craft of Teaching

      EDUC 1890 Family Engagement in Education

Check Courses@Brown to determine which courses are being offered during the current semester.

 Community/National Partners 

 The Education Department and the Swearer Center have developed partnerships with local schools, governmental agencies, and civic and non-profit organizations.  The Education Department has also established strong working relationships with state and federal agencies and organizations. Education Department faculty and Swearer staff will assist you with developing a practicum placement as needed. 


  • Students apply to ESP when declaring their concentration in ASK, typically in the second semester of their sophomore year. ESP is selective and applications will be reviewed by departments and ESP staff in mid-April of the application year. Students will be contacted by ESP staff directly about their application status. If you miss the deadline but are interested in applying, contact: engaged-scholars@brown.edu.

  • While it is typical that students apply to the Engaged Scholars Program during sophomore year when declaring a concentration, you may revise your declaration to apply to the Engaged Scholars Program if you have enough remaining semesters at Brown to complete the program requirements.

For more information contact: 

Kenneth Wong, Faculty Advisor of Engaged Scholars Program, Department Chair:  kenneth_wong@brown.edu 

 Visit the Engaged Scholars Program website for more information about the program, requirements, events, and other opportunities and resources.