Certificate Description & Requirements


All Certificate in Civic Engagement majors are required to meet with a Certificate advisor to create a Plan of Study.  This plan must be approved by the faculty  committee.  Plans and any amendments to them must be submitted to the Certifcate faculty  committee by the student and the Certificate advisor.  Students are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with their Certificate advisor throughout the course of their studies.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements:

A. Earned Bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s degree conferred concurrently.
B. Certificate Plan of Study

Written with a Certificate advisor, reviewed and approved by Certificate faculty committee.  Final plans of study will be submitted to the Dean of the College of Health and to the Office of the Registrar prior to graduation.

C. Certificate core courses                                                         15 credits

  • CEL A292 - Introduction to Civic Engagement                                              3 credits
  • CEL A392 - Advanced Civic Engagement: Learning by Giving                     3 credits
  • CEL A395 - Civic Engagement Internship                                                      6 credits
  • CEL A450 - Civic Engagement Leadership Capstone                                   3 credits

*Students may substitute a major-departmental internship and/or capstone course if approved.      

Area concentration courses                                                                         15 credits

Electives: 15 credits of electives of which 9 are required to have a community-based learning component, approved for students by certificate faculty advisor.

  • At least 6 of the credit must be upper division credits

D.  Civic Engagement Portfolio

An ePortfolio is required for graduation and is evaluated by the program faculty committee.  The ePortfolio is a record of students' unfolding service, academic, and leadership experience. Recommended materials include, but are not limited to: Certificate and major combined plan of study, course syllabi, self-evaluations and reflections on learning experiences, letters of reference and other written feedback from faculty and community mentors, products created with and for community partners, and notes from meetings with the Certificate advisor.