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HIP Course Designations

  • HIP Designations will help students quickly and easily enroll in a HIP course to enrich their academic experience.
  • Designations will also allow departments, colleges, and administrators to track enrollment in HIP courses.
  • Courses may be submitted for designation of one faculty member’s section(s) or for all sections of a course.
  • Fall and Spring submissions are due the fourth Friday of the semester via the HIP Course Designations Submission Form.
  • For general information please contact

Review our General Policies and Procedures.

Effective Spring 2024, the HIP Course Designation Steering Committee is beginning the process of five-year reviews for all HIP designated courses. Five years after a course has been approved, the lead instructor will be asked to provide an update on the course.  

Apply to prepare your course for HIP designation with at the HIP Course Designation Track at the 2024 FCTL Summer Conference.

Course Definitions

Service-Learning (SL)Students take learning out of the classroom by partnering with non-profits, public schools, and government agencies to work on philanthropic projects. SL courses address a community need and require a student reflection activity.   

Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) Students have a chance to explore integrative pathways that connect the core knowledge and skills of their major to real-world professional and civic contexts. IE courses have three core elements: intentional learning, high-impact practices, and metacognition.

Research-Intensive (RI) Students actively learn about the research process under the guidance of a faculty member. RI courses involve active engagement in a guided line of inquiry through a process of research or academic scholarship and include a research deliverable. *Only undergraduate courses are eligible for the RI designation.

Global Learning (GL)Students develop intercultural competencies through analysis of symbiotic, international systems and their impacts on humanity. GL courses help students develop intercultural competencies through the presentation and analysis of established relationships including consideration of target culture and/or marginalized perspectives. Student presentations, the final deliverable for the course, enable students to share what they have learned, including how the GL course has enhanced their ability to consider global issues from multiple perspectives. *Study abroad courses hold a separate HIP distinction and are not eligible for GL designation.