What Can You Expect from an SCP Project?

You'll collaborate to advance the common good.

St. Thomas encourages students to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. In an SCP course, you'll collaborate with communities to improve their long-term quality of life.

“SCP has been essential in showing how our education ties in with the UST mission. This project has allowed us to analyze real-world data, collaborate with classmates, and present solutions to problems that affect real communities. We are applying skills we have cultivated in the classroom to projects that advance the common good.”  Anna Kate, Economics

You'll see your education in action.

In SCP courses, you'll apply what you learn in class to solve real-world problems. You'll develop innovative and creative approaches to a city’s high-priority sustainability and quality of life goals.

"This project has been an amazing experience. It has been an eye-opening experience because we were no longer dealing with hypothetical firms and businesses on exams that don’t exist. Instead, we find ourselves working with real-life people in real-life situations where decisions and findings make an impact.” Max, Economics

You'll gain experience and build your resume.

Working with city staff and real-world projects, you'll meet leaders in the Twin Cities area, build your resume, and learn more about what you can do with your major or graduate field of study.

I got a lot more out of the class than I expected. Career advice, community networking, and learning how people actually go out and survey areas to figure out how to make positive changes….It also helped me get a job.” Michelle, Biology

Top skills students report gaining from SCP projects:
  • Understanding of complexity of real-world problems
  • Applying coursework beyond the classroom
  • Critical thinking
  • Solving complex problems
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Presentation and communication skills