Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) operates at the intersection of theory and practice by bringing students, faculty, professionals and experts together to interface with one another. The School’s educational programs feature a combination of theory and practice-oriented curriculum, enabling students to translate and apply classroom learning to their fields and industries. Most faculty are practitioners in their respective fields and industries and teach at SCS in addition to their professional responsibilities. This deep engagement between programs and the industries and fields they represent is a hallmark of teaching and learning at SCS.
Many faculty conduct research and scholarship with a focus on applications of theory. Faculty who work in industry contribute to their fields through publications such as journal articles, white papers, reports, newspaper and magazine articles and books or book chapters. Others conduct empirical and applied research or serve as journal and book editors. Faculty from the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in Liberal Studies publish extensively in the humanities and social sciences.
Student research and scholarship varies from course projects and papers to capstones and theses. All students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies programs are required to complete a capstone project, which is a written paper about a topic of choice from their field of study, and defend it in front of a panel of faculty and experts. A growing number of students have launched entrepreneurial endeavors, such as mobile apps, associated with their SCS program of study. Students enrolled in the master’s and doctoral programs in Liberal Studies complete theses that contribute new knowledge to their respective fields. Students in other programs contribute new ways of thinking about topics, fields and industries through outstanding course projects and papers.