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The FlagSHIP (Flagler Sophomore High Impact Practice) Program is a transformative educational experience that puts learning and interacting across communities of difference at its core. The program focuses on developing an inclusive academic community and building confidence in students’ abilities to participate in a diverse democracy.

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Why is this important?

To prepare you for a life well lived in a diverse 21st-century global community. Through FlagSHIP, you can travel abroad (outside of the U.S.), study away (within the U.S), collaborate with community partners, participate in research, or take an immersive course on campus. Many of our programs include hands-on projects that live and breathe in and out of the classroom. 

Who can participate?

Beginning in 2021, the program will be required for freshmen and some transfer students who enter in the Fall 2019 semester or later.

  • Freshmen, including those who enter with advanced credit, will be required to participate in their second year.
  • Transfer students who enter with less than 60 credits will be required to participate in the academic year that they enter the spring term with 30-59 credits.
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Art 240: Incarceration and Emancipation

FlagSHIP Courses

As part of our second pilot program, we will be offering ten courses during a three-week term in May, called Maymester. Maymester 2020 will begin on Monday, May 11th and continue through Friday, May 29th. Participating students do not pay for housing or tuition. You can earn three credit hours towards the General Education program, in the Foundations of Knowledge category, specifically for Studies of Cultures. Learn more about these courses below.

ANT 240 A: Local Anthropology: Race and Culture

Course Description:

Dr. Lori Lee will lead students in historical research, archaeology and material culture analysis as they examine one plot of land that shifted from a property owned by a free black family, became a plantation with enslaved laborers, and ultimately was home to Florida Memorial College.

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ART 240 A: Incarceration and Emancipation

Course Description:

Prof. Leslie Robison’s students will examine issues of freedom and privilege when they are each paired with a young man incarcerated by the state of Florida.  In this socially-engaged art project called “Cellmates,” all participants will benefit from their growing knowledge of and respect for each other.

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ART 240 B: Supporting & Celebrating Diversity in the Museum & Community

Dr. Jennifer Saracino will help students develop an internship program in partnership with the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. As research for their internship program development, students will travel to New Orleans to examine how museums and public institutions develop and support programming to curate the history and culture of historically underrepresented groups.

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COM 240 A: Diversity and Opportunities in Contemporary Pop Culture

Dr. Yvan Kelly and Allan Marcil will travel to Los Angeles to introduce students to the entertainment industry.  They will meet with professionals in film, music, and television and tour production facilities.  The course will examine the media’s depictions of minorities and women, as well as the employment of these diverse groups within the industry.

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ENG 240 A: Lost in Translation: Communication Across Difference- Problems & Possibilities

Dr. Craig Woelfel and his students will look at the questions surrounding if, or how or why, we are able to communicate at all – especially across lines of difference – and what gets “lost in translation.”  You will work with translation study and practice, theories of language, and the practice of deep reading – including work on your own translations and those of others.  There is no background in a second language required!

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HIS 240 A: Russia in Triumph and Tragedy

Dr. Jessica Howell’s class uses a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to look at the cities’ social, cultural, and political history to identify, confront and challenge ideas about what it means to be “Westernized.” Through a combination of site visits and required readings, students will analyze Russia’s triumphs and tragedies from its founding to modern day.

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INT 240 A: A Local Look at Global Issues

Dr. Brenda Kauffman’s course uses simulations and visits with local politicians to examine global inequality and looks at how governments combat poverty on a local, national, and global level.

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MUS 240 A: Building Bridges Through Song

Prof. Kip Taisey will unite his students with homeless members of the St. Augustine community by forming a street choir with which students will directly engage through group rehearsal, culminating in a public performance.  Through community engagement and public performance, the Flagler College Street Choir Project seeks to engage and improve societal perceptions of those experiencing homelessness.  Musical experience is not essential; students will thrive in this course with a simple love and/or curiosity of music-making.  Students and members of the homeless population will gain a sense of community that offers compassion and hope, and will engage in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through this seemingly simple act of singing.

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THA 240 A: Reminiscence Theatre

Prof. Leah Page’s students will interview senior citizens at the Council on Aging about their experiences and then turn the transcripts of these interviews into a play that showcases an intergenerational understanding of the issues we face.

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WMS 240 A: LGBTQ+ Activism: Art and Politics

Prof. Jay Szczepanski’s students will explore the intersection of traditional social protest and art-as-cultural critique. Specifically, we will come to understand how both have helped (and continue to help) marginalized and minority groups agitate for full representation in their communities and America at-large. The experience will culminate with a one-week study away in San Francisco where we will visit museums, memorials, libraries, and other important civil rights sites of the 20th  century’s queer liberation movements.

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Questions About the Program?

Contact our FlagSHIP team with any questions you may have about this program at: