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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Nov 25, 2020
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018] 
2017-2018 Catalog [Aug. 2017-Aug. 2018] [Archived Catalog]

Academics: Academic Engagement

The Honors Program

The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to be a part of an academic environment that is intentionally designed to foster academic excellence. Students have the opportunity to enroll in stimulating Honors courses with exceptional faculty and other outstanding students.

Students who meet the required high school grade point average (GPA) or who have the required college GPA and have completed the required number of semester hours of college-level courses may apply for admittance into the Honors Program. Students admitted into the Honors Program must register for the appropriate Honors courses and maintain the required minimum GPA as established by the Honors Program.

Honors or High Honors graduation for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees is determined by the student's all-college cumulative GPA at the end of the term the student graduates as established by the Honors Program.

Study Abroad Program

Florida State College at Jacksonville sponsors a variety of study abroad courses offering college credit. These courses are focused on certain aspects of selected U.S. regions in addition to foreign countries and include field experiences and on-site lectures and discussions. Studying at a university in the foreign country is also a part of some study away/abroad courses.

Orientation meetings and structured classes designed to strengthen educational experiences are held during the length of students' enrollment in the activity.

Class attendance and participation in the scheduled events of the tours are mandatory. Regular admission policies of the College must be followed to enroll in the courses. Students are expected to pay their own transportation and other charges.

Study abroad courses are offered based on faculty interest and student enrollment.

Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with academic learning goals and critical reflection to enrich the student learning experience and teach civic responsibility. Service learning is considered a high-impact educational practice by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Service learning engages students in the course materials, contributes to their personal and career development, promotes civic participation, and strengthens FSCJ's relationship with our local community. Students who participate in service learning gain skills in critical thinking, communication, and teamwork.

Faculty who choose to integrate service learning into their course will describe their expectations and requirements in the course syllabus. For example, students are expected to sign an Ethics and Commitments Agreement, engage in service to a community organization or event for a specified number of time, acquire a supervisor's signature on the Service Learning Tracking Form to verify their hours, complete or participate in a reflection activity about their service learning, and submit the completed forms to faculty.

The FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement can assist students who are assigned service learning in their courses by connecting them to opportunities in the community to complete their service learning hours, providing faculty and students with the required paperwork (Service Learning Tracking Form and Ethics & Commitments Agreement Form), collecting service learning paperwork, conducting class presentations on service learning, and answering questions related to service learning.

The FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement advances the College's strategic initiatives on service learning and civic engagement. Civic engagement is a broader category that includes service learning and refers to individual and collective actions that address issues of public concern. The Center for Civic Engagement supports events and initiatives that provide opportunities for the FSCJ community to be involved in improving the broader community. The Center for Civic Engagement has two physical locations: at the Administrative Offices downtown at 501 W. State Street (Room AO-204C) and in the Jessie Ball duPont Center at 40 E. Adams Street (Suite 140), located in the heart of downtown.

For more information about service learning opportunities, please contact Dr. Mary Rose, Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, at or (904) 361-6251.