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Engaged Learning provides an institutional framework for undergraduates to deepen their SMU education through capstone-level learning beyond the classroom, through scholarly research, community engagement, professional internships and creative, innovative and entrepreneurial work, on-campus and in local and global communities.

History of Engaged Learning

In 2011, SMU chose Engaged Learning Beyond the Classroom as its quality enhancement plan, a requirement of SACS reaccreditation. Engaged Learning is a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning through experiential learning opportunities.

The initiative complements SMU efforts to enrich other undergraduate programs such as the University Curriculum, residential learning communities, SMU-in-Taos and SMU Abroad. Students benefit from a transformed learning experience that emphasizes the increasingly interdependent, reciprocal and experiential nature of higher learning in a liberal arts tradition.

Engaged Learning helps students develop a significant and sophisticated understanding of disciplinary knowledge by putting it into practice.