Independent study refers to an approved arrangement between a faculty member and an individual or small group of students, and consists of the student(s) fulfilling the requirements for an existing credit course or a special project. Independent study sections must be approved by the appropriate dean and by the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Internships combine structured classroom learning with actual work experience. Students enroll in classes at SFCC and work at training sites for a specified number of hours a week. They are then evaluated by faculty advisors and training site supervisors for work they completed in the field.
Internships are activities that introduce students to different aspects of the workplace, including the opportunity to perform specific jobs in businesses, educational institutions or government agencies. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
Students in all degree programs may enroll in internship courses with the permission of their faculty advisor and department chair, subject to course availability.
Students may earn up to six credit hours in an internship course; and earn one credit for every 50 clock hours worked. Internships are designated as 198 or 298 courses in each discipline area (e.g., HMSV 2998).
To enroll in an internship course, students must:
- Obtain approval from their faculty advisor and arrange the time for the internship education course;
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above.
NOTE: Some internship placements may have other requirements set by employers.
Practicum courses are designed to give students hands-on field experiences in areas that complement their classroom learning. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member as a part of their course work. Practicums often involve work experience with community agencies.
Courses numbered 193 and 293 are practicum courses. The number of contact hours varies by department based on the amount of work required for the nature of the practicum.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, invites all SFCC students who meet the criteria to apply for membership. Phi Theta Kappa is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue high academic achievement. Members of the SFCC Alpha Kappa Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for activities that provide intellectual challenges. Membership also offers opportunities to develop leadership skills and serve the community through activities and programs. Members are eligible for special scholarships to continue their education at four-year institutions and are invited to participate in regional and national conferences. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is noted on the student’s transcript and diploma.
Phi Theta Kappa membership criteria:
- Completion of at least 12 credits of college-level course work (courses numbered 111 or higher); and
- A cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Qualified applicants will receive an email from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters after their qualifying semester, asking them to join.
- The one-time enrollment fee, good for life, is $75.
- Once you have been asked to join, you will be given a passcode and can enroll and pay online.
To retain full membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must maintain a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. For information go to https://www.sfcc.edu/offices/phi-theta-kappa-alpha-kappa-xi-chapter/ or call 505-428-1787.