About Social Engagement

Social Engagement is first and foremost a method of learning that foregrounds empirical, practical elements of real world issues that are of scholarly interest to our faculty and students. By focusing on specific problems (poverty, educational disparities, health, etc.) faced by people of African descent within the United States and globally, Social Engagement courses and the Social Engagement thesis seek to wed academic study with practical experience. Through coordinated interdisciplinary coursework, student research-symposia, summer abroad, and interaction with different AAAS faculty as well as faculty in other schools at Harvard (for example, the School of Public Health, Medical School, and the School of Education), students explore and reflect upon an on-the-ground perspective to intellectual work.