Engaged Scholars Program

Engaged Scholars Program

Program Description

The Engaged Scholars Program in Urban Studies (US) is geared for US concentrators who are especially interested in making deeper connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engaged activities such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, and many other possible forms of community involvement. The program combines preparation, experience, and reflection to offer students opportunities to enhance the integration of academic learning and social engagement.

Requirements for Engaged Scholars in Urban Studies

To be an engaged scholar in Urban Studies, a student must be a concentrator in Urban Studies. Students need not take extra courses in Urban Studies to fulfill their engaged scholar requirements (although they are strongly encouraged to take more than the required 10 courses).

While fulfilling concentration requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

•    URBN 1000 Fieldwork in the Urban Community. This course is mandatory for all Engaged Scholars.  Or, if not offered an alternative in another department such as ENVS 0110 (Humans, Nature and the Environment) or an approved Independent Study.  

•    Two departmental courses on topics relevant to engaged scholarship (note that these courses do not necessarily work directly with community partners). See course list below.
    
•    A 150-250 hour ESP practicum (note that this is different from the fieldwork course above), defined by significant experiential work with a community partner. Practicums can be completed as a volunteer, as a paid internship, or for academic credit. If completed as a volunteer or paid internship, the practicum is supervised by ESP staff and involves written assignments and in-person advising. If students would prefer to receive credit, ESP students register for a departmental independent study with a faculty member in Urban Studies or enroll in an approved internship course (see ESP staff to discuss this option). The practicum can be the basis for an honors thesis. See ESP website for more information.

•    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.

•    A final engaged capstone project in the senior year, in the form of: a capstone seminar in another department (for double concentrators); an independent study (note that this would be different from a potential independent study in conjunction with a ESP practicum) focused on community-based work (in Urban Studies or in a student’s second concentration); or an honor’s thesis focused on community-based work.

Course list (ESP students must take at least two):

AFRI 0600 Race, Gender, and Urban Politics
AFRI 0620 African-American Life in the City
ANTH 0820 Youth, Art, and the Promised City: Recreating The Green Book
ANTH 1236 Urban Life: Anthropology In and Of the City
EDUC 0410E Empowering Youth: Insights from Research on Urban Adolescents
EDUC 1150 Education, the Economy, and School Reform
EDUC 1430 The Psychology of Race, Class, and Gender
ENGN 1930S Land Use and the Built Environment: An entrepreneurial view
ENVS 1580 Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
ENVS 1410 Environmental Law and Policy
ENVS 1555 Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
PLCY 1700Q Urban Policy Challenges
PLCY 1700R Urban Revitalization: Lessons from the Providence Plan
PLCY 1910 Social Entrepreneurship
POLS 1824D Power and Prosperity in Urban America
POLS 0220 City Politics
POLS 1310 African American Politics
POLS 1320 Urban Politics and Urban Public Policy
POLS 1822S Politics of Urban Transformation
SOC 1330 Remaking the City
SOC 1640 Social Exclusion
SOC 2960C Urban Sociology
SOC 0130 American Heritage: Democracy, Inequality, & Public Policy
SOC 1270 Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
SOC 1540 Human Needs and Social Services
URBN 1240 In Search of the Global Black Metropolis
URBN 0230 Urban Life in Providence: An Introduction
URBN 1500 Understanding the City through Data
URBN 1870D Downtown Development
URBN 1870J The Politics of Community Organizing
URBN 1870N The Cultural & Social Life of the Built Environment

Apply

Students apply to ESP when declaring their concentration in ASK, typically in second semester of sophomore year. The 2016 application deadline is April 7. The application consists of two essay questions. Applications will be reviewed by your department and ESP staff. See the ESP website for more information. If you have missed the deadline but are interested in applying, contact engaged-scholars@brown.edu.

FAQs

I missed the application deadline. Is it too late to apply?
ESP is a competitive program.  You can apply after the April 7 deadline, and applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by ESP staff and ESP concentration advisors.  If you have missed the deadline but are interested in applying, fill out the application in ASK and be sure to contact engaged-scholars@brown.edu to let us know that you submitted an application.


I’m a junior/senior. Is it too late to apply?
It may be difficult to begin the program after your fifth semester and still be able to meet all of the program requirements.  However, if you think that you may be able to complete the requirements in your remaining time at Brown, please contact engaged-scholars@brown.edu or make an office hours appointment with ESP staff to discuss.

Contact

Dietrich Neumann, Director of Urban Studies (dietrich_neumann@brown.edu)
Meredith Paine, Academic Program Manager (meredith_paine@brown.edu)