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To provide the institutional framework for SMU undergraduates to complete signature work, a significant project that demonstrates application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to a real-world situation, through capstone-level research, service, internships, creative and entrepreneurial projects.


All SMU undergraduates complete at least one signature work as part of their SMU education. Students have the support and encouragement to connect a personal passion to academic learning and turn it into a project of their own or offered through various University departments, offices and programs.

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.