Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

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Engaged Scholarship Courses

The Lang Center works with faculty and the Registrar to designate certain courses as "ESCH," or Engaged Scholarship courses. Engaged Scholarship is a term first popularized by Ernest Boyer (1996) that has been rapidly gaining popularity at peer institutions. It encompasses Community-Based Learning (CBL), but also a broader range of teaching and research that, in Boyer’s words, connect “the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic, and ethical problems.” Engaged Scholarship denotes an orientation. Engaged scholars direct their energies not solely toward an academic community, or toward the life of the mind—a valuable orientation in its own right, which resides at the liberal arts’ core—but also toward pressing public issues or shared problems. The Lang Center supports Engaged Scholarship (while fully endorsing the value of traditional scholarship and learning for the sake of learning). Swarthmore College identifies ESCH courses as those that:

  • address a contemporary issue of pressing public concern;
  • build knowledge about how to ameliorate social problems;
  • produce work that engages with various publics and/or includes a community-based learning component 

Learn more about Engaged Scholarship here. To find the current list of Engaged Scholarship Courses, click here [SwatDoc]

Engaged Scholarship Travel Fund

The Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility facilitates Swarthmore College’s commitment to intellectual rigor, ethical engagement, and social responsibility by connecting the curriculum, campus, and communities. Swarthmore College students seeking conference, training, or workshop funding from the Lang Center must demonstrate how their participation exemplifies "Engaged Scholarship."

Students, there is no guarantee that this funding request will be approved. If approved, the Lang Center will fund only one conference, training, or workshop per academic year for an individual student or group of students. In order to be reimbursed --  within ten business days of the conference, training, or workshop -- please note that you will need to submit receipts for any expenses incurred for which you are seeking reimbursement and a 1-2 page report which demonstrates how your participation exemplified Engaged Scholarship. 

Approved conference, training, or workshop funding does not constitute approved absence from classes. Please submit your conference, training, or workshop funding request at least two weeks ahead of time; absolutely no “same day service.” Please note: Application requests are not funded retroactively.

Types of Eligible Conference Funding Requests:

  • The student is required (or recommended) by a faculty member to attend the conference, training, or workshop as part of a course, major, or minor in which the student is enrolled. 
  • The student is co-presenting a project or paper with a faculty member and/or community partners.
  • The student is a conference panelist with a faculty member and/or community partners.
  • Other example of Engaged Scholarship.

Student Eligibility:

  • Conference, training, or workshop funding is open to current students from all class years provided they are active, enrolled students in good standing (academic and conduct).
  • Validation from a Swarthmore College faculty member is required.
  • Students are required to complete and submit a Release of Liability form and Lang Center Code of Ethics prior to attending the conference, training, or workshop.

Maximum Funding Request:

Up to $400 for an individual 
Up to $600 for a group of three or more students. Larger groups may apply for limited additional funding.

**NOTE: The Lang Center reserves the right to confirm your terms, attendance, and performance at the conference, training, or workshop.**

Click here to have access to the Engaged Scholarship Travel Fund Request Form [Google Form]