Scholarship in Practice
“Lifelong and Independent Learners”

Scholarship-in-Practice courses engage students in the authentic work of a particular field of study, allowing them to participate in the process of applying knowledge, critical thinking, and creative approaches to the pursuit of a tangible project or outcome. These courses focus the students on two central questions:


Students must complete a total of two Scholarship-in-Practice courses. This is a graduation requirement, meaning that the required six hours can be completed anytime before graduation—they may be taken within the 36 credit hours of Liberal Studies courses, but they do not need to be. Most students will take one lower-division Scholarship-in-Practice course as part of the 36 Liberal Studies credit hours (either within one of the Liberal Studies areas or as a Liberal Studies elective) and a second Scholarship-in-Practice course as part of the major, typically in the form of a capstone course, senior seminar, or other focused upper-division project.

Learning Outcomes

Students will become: lifelong and independent learners. Courses must enable students to meet all three competencies—(1) produce an original project; (2) articulate the process of producing a work; and (3) critique past scholarship and creative activity.

By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. select, critically evaluate, and apply relevant areas of scholarship to produce an original analysis, project, creative work, performance, or other scholarly work that reflects a body of knowledge relevant to the course.

  2. articulate the process of producing a work, from initial plan, to critique, revision, and completion.

  3. critique existing applications of scholarship in order to learn from past success and failures.

Formative Experiences

Formative Experiences provide an alternative way to fulfill one of the two required Scholarship-in-Practice courses: students may earn up to three Scholarship-in-Practice credits by participating in faculty-assessed and course-based experiential learning. Students must be concurrently enrolled in an accompanying 0- or 1-credit S/U (“satisfactory / unsatisfactory”) course; students who earn an “S” in this course will fulfill one of the Scholarship-in-Practice requirements.

Students may earn Formative Experiences credit in one of three ways:

  1. study abroad through FSU's International Programs;
  2. participate in faculty-supervised research; and
  3. participate in a faculty-supervised internship,
(all in conjunction with the 0–1 credit course described above).

N.B. – because Scholarship in Practice is a graduation requirement (and not a Liberal Studies requirement), Formative Experiences credits will not typically count towards the 36 total credit hours of Liberal Studies in the same way as a lower-division Scholarship-in-Practice course. Where Formative Experience is approved for Liberal Studies elective credit, students may include no more than 3 hours in their 36 hours of Liberal Studies.

Study Abroad

All students who take part in an international study program at FSU through International Programs may choose to register for a 1-credit, S/U (“satisfactory / unsatisfactory”) course for no additional fee. Through simple travel-preparation and reflective assignments (assessed by Study Abroad faculty), this course will require students to take an active role in preparing to experience, and then in experiencing, the culture in which they are studying. Students who earn an “S” will fulfill one of the Scholarship-in-Practice requirements.

Undergraduate Research

Students may fulfill one of their Scholarship-in-Practice requirements by participating in faculty-supervised research connected to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. To receive credit, students must work with a faculty member and enroll in the UROP Colloquium, an S/U course for 0 or 1 credits. The UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Colloquium is a training course in which students learn about research, enabling them to find and contribute to a faculty research project, and to present their research in an academic/research setting. Students will be asked to complete a short paper describing the process of completing their project, from start to finish. Students who earn an “S” will fulfill one of their Scholarship-in-Practice requirements.

Supervised Internships/Externships/Service Learning

Many students engage in some form of internship, externship, or service learning experience as part of their degree program. By participating in such an experience, under faculty supervision, and connected to the Career Center or the Center for Global Engagement, students may fulfill one of their Scholarship-in-Practice requirements. To receive SIP credit, the students must enroll in the 0-credit S/U Supervised Field Experience course, in which they will be asked to complete regular reflections on their activity and accomplishments related to the project on which they are working. Students who earn an “S” will fulfill one of their Scholarship-in-Practice requirements.