Engaged Learning - Education Into Action

Engaged Learning

—Education Into Action

Experiencing the world beyond the classroom is an essential part of your Florida Southern education.

At Florida Southern College, every academic program is filled with engaging hands-on classroom experiences that will provide you with opportunities to test your theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios within your field. This is critical to your academic success at FSC and will be achieved by collaborating alongside your professors in the research lab, on stage, and in the studio.

Collaborative Research

Enhance your educational experience at Florida Southern College by working closely with a faculty member to pursue scholarly research and creative activities in your field of study.

Our collaborative research program allows you the unique opportunity to delve into your passion and explore your field of study. Once selected, you will work with one of our distinguished faculty members to generate a project that will be researched throughout a summer session.

As you work with your faculty, their encouragement, as well as your commitment to quality will produce publishable work. After performing the research or creative activity alongside a faculty member, you will present your findings at the campus conference, Fiat Lux. You may also have the incredible opportunity of presenting at regional and national meetings during the year.

These collaborations create exceptional research opportunities and build close working relationships with your faculty mentors.

In your collaborative research program, you will have access to the latest technology and excellent laboratory facilities both on and off campus. This academic opportunity allows you to link theory and application, grow your investigative and interpretive skills, increase your ability to communicate complex ideas and provides you with a more competitive portfolio for graduate or professional schools.

students engaging with a professor in collaborative research


Get ready for the real world!

At Florida Southern, we believe that having experience in your field, as well as knowing professionals in your industry proves to be useful after graduation when obtaining your first job or furthering your education.


Our internship programs may be paid, volunteer, or for academic credit—either way, you will gain real world experience in your field of study. Our students have interned with ESPN, FOX News, GEICO, Sea World, Merrill Lynch, and NASA—just to name a few.

In the 2013-2014 Academic year, more than 240 Florida Southern College students held internships for academic credit.

Florida Southern’s Career Center is the bridge between your FSC education and your future. The FSC Career Center Four-Year Plan takes a comprehensive approach to career planning that starts your first semester on campus and spans all four years of your time at Florida Southern.

Find out more about what our students are doing with internships at Florida Southern College 

Nace Student Survey
NACE 2013 Student Survey
63.1% of paid internships led to job offers

Partnership with the Washington Center

Florida Southern College is the only private institution of higher education in the State of Florida with a formal internship agreement with the prestigious Washington Center. By partnering with the Washington Center, Florida Southern College students have access to world of politics, law enforcement, journalism, and national and international government relations, which affords students with an opportunity to apply their academic applications in real-world scenarios.

Learn more about our partnership with the Washington Center 

The Washington Center


Performance is the key to success in Florida Southern College’s prestigious music and theatre programs.

From solo recitals to outstanding ensemble concerts; from specialized degree programs to participating just for fun; from one-on-one lessons to comprehensive classroom courses - the underlying focus is performance.

In contrast to most large universities where you would have to wait years in order to be cast as the lead in a production, our students have the opportunity to be involved early and stay involved throughout their college career!

As an aspiring performer, you will have opportunities to perform on stage to a packed house alongside world-renowned musicians, act a part in one of our plays, or even sing in an opera.

For more information, explore our
Music and Theatre Arts programs 

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Musical Theatre Performance

Service Learning

Service Learning teaches you social responsibility by integrating valuable community service projects into the curriculum you are learning in the classroom.

“I started working on community service projects right away, and I have made a difference in the community, gaining lifelong friends along the way. My time here has been better than I ever could have imagined.” Katherine Thousand, B.S. in Nursing.

This educational method will provide you with community-based experience in order to enhance your academic knowledge. You will use the practical applications of your classroom studies to actively contribute to the community and solve real-world problems.

The service experience is integrated into course readings, lectures, discussions, and writing assignments. Even though community service is integrated into the academic curriculum, students are evaluated in terms of regular academic standards and not for the services provided.

The Center for Service Learning at Florida Southern College matches students in all areas of discipline to needs within the community, granting each student valuable experience through benefitting others. Florida Southern College is committed to creating future community leaders, increasing community involvement and providing students with opportunities to actively enhance their education in the community in which they work, live, and learn.


Study Abroad

Want to spend your summer perfecting your Spanish language skills on the shores of the Mediterranean? Perhaps you’d like to gain firsthand business experience in Asia? Or maybe, you want to spend a semester exploring the sights of London?

At Florida Southern College, you can do all of these things and more, all while earning academic credit! FSC offers you the chance to explore the world through our various summer, semester, and year-long study abroad programs.

Travel study opportunities are life-changing—they broaden your perspective on issues, teach you self-awareness and build your confidence. You can pursue your studies in exciting locales such as Australia, the Bahamas, China, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Your study abroad options are not limited to the programs we offer through FSC. Our student travel office will gladly assist you in finding other programs or internships offered throughout the world. Find out more about our Junior Journey guarantee and take one step closer to having the adventure of a lifetime!