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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 26, 2019
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [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. In addition to their honors studies, students will have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by completing 15 hours of service learning each semester.

Students who meet the required high school grade point average (GPA) or who have the required college GPA 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 the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are 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 is in the process of developing a Study Abroad Program. In addition to traditional study abroad options, the program will offer students the opportunity to participate in study away initiatives in the continental United States, including Alternative Spring Break trips.

Study abroad courses will be 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.

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.

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 amount 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. The FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement also assists faculty and students with the supporting documentation (Service Learning Tracking Form and Ethics and Commitments Agreement Form). Additionally, the FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement conducts class presentations on service learning and assists faculty and students with questions about service learning.