Certificate in Civic Leadership

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in Civic Leadership

Upon completing the Certificate in Civic Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate academic and experiential knowledge in new settings and be able to identify, frame, and analyze issues.
  2. Address real world issues through interaction and collaboration with diverse community partners.
  3. Communicate with and present their work effectively to a range of audiences both within and beyond the academic community.
  4. Identify and express their individual values and goals and be able to act on them.
  5. Demonstrate motivation to make a positive impact on society.

Requirements for the Certificate in Civic Leadership 

Students pursuing the Certificate in Civic Leadership must complete:

  • A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements.
  • A minimum of 1 Experiential Learning Immersion Program.
  • A minimum of 1 Experiential Learning Action Program.
  • A Civic Leadership Portfolio.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in certificate requirements.
  • All required coursework associated with the student’s corresponding degree program. 

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Civic Leadership 12

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Leadership Electives course list below3
Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Social Issues Electives course list below3
Required Experiential Learning Programs
Select 1 Immersion Program from the following:
Urban Immersion
Beyond the Sallyport
Alternative Spring Break Participant
Group International Service Project Participant
Select 1 Action Program from the following:
Urban Immersion Coordinator
Alternative Spring Break Site Leader
Group International Service Project Site Leader
Houston Action Research Team (HART)
Leadership Rice Summer Mentorship Experience
Loewenstern Fellowship
Houston Internship Program
Required Portfolio
Civic Leadership Portfolio 1
Capstone
UNIV 402CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE I3
UNIV 403CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE II3
Total Credit Hours12

Footnotes and Additional Information

Leadership Electives

Students must complete at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following: 

BUSI 310LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS3
ENGI 140ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT2
ENGI 315LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION3
ENGI 320 / CEVE 320ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP3
FWIS 175ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP3
LEAD 102INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP3
LEAD 301 / HUMA 312HISTORICAL AND INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP3
LEAD 309LEADERSHIP: THEORY TO PRACTICE3
LEAD 311LEADERSHIP AND CREATIVITY1
LEAD 313ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP2
LEAD 321LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION3
LEAD 325APPLIED LEADERSHIP: POWER; INFLUENCE, AND PERSUASION3
LEAD 330LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION1
LEAD 335CRISIS LEADERSHIP1
LEAD 340PHILANTHROPY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE3
LEAD 545 / ENGI 545STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING3
NAVA 203LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT I3
PHIL 306ETHICS3

Social Issues Electives

Students must complete at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:

ANTH 332 / ENST 332THE SOCIAL LIFE OF CLEAN ENERGY3
ANTH 344CITY/CULTURE3
ANTH 358THE FOURTH WORLD: ISSUES OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE3
ARCH 313 / ENST 313CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN3
ARCH 455HOUSING AND URBAN PROGRAMS: ISSUES IN POLICY3
ASIA 387 / ANTH 387ASIAN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY COMMUNITIES3
CEVE 302 / ENGI 302SUSTAINABLE DESIGN3
CEVE 307 / ENST 307 / ESCI 307ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT3
CHBE 281 / ENST 281ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES3
EBIO 204 / ENST 204ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE DESIGN & PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE1
ECON 432POLITICAL ECONOMY3
ECON 450ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT3
ECON 460ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT3
ECON 462ECONOMICS OF HUMAN CAPITAL4
ECON 479ECONOMIC MODELING AND PUBLIC POLICY3
ECON 480 / ENST 480ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
ECON 481HEALTH ECONOMICS3
EDUC 335URBAN EDUCATION: ISSUES, POLICY, AND PRACTICE3
EDUC 350EDUCATION POLICY: FROM LEGISLATURES TO CLASSROOMS3
ELEC 419 / BIOE 419INNOVATION LAB FOR MOBILE HEALTH3
ENGL 278MEDICINE IN THE AGE OF NETWORKED INTELLIGENCE3
ENGL 367 / SWGS 367LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE US-MEXICO BORDERLANDS3
GLHT 201INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH3
HEAL 360VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE3
HEAL 460PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION3
HIST 268MODERN SLAVERY3
HIST 328POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 421RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH3
HUMA 202 / ENST 202CULTURE, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HUMANITIES3
HUMA 320FROM PHYSICS LABS TO OIL FUTURES: SOCIAL STUDIES OF ENERGY3
LASR 375 / SWGS 375LATINA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE URBAN METROPOLIS3
LASR 376 / SWGS 376CHICANA AND LATINA EXPERIENCE THRU FILM3
PHIL 315ETHICS, MEDICINE, AND PUBLIC POLICY3
POLI 315ELECTIONS AND VOTING BEHAVIOR3
POLI 320 / RELI 320THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE2
POLI 362COMPARATIVE URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY3
PSYC 341HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
PSYC 345HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 435POLLUTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT3
SOCI 301SOCIAL INEQUALITY3
SOCI 306 / SWGS 324SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER3
SOCI 308HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY3
SOCI 314SCIENCE AT RISK? OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO PUBLIC SPHERE3
SOCI 340SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION3
SOCI 343RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE3
SOSC 330HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE 50 STATES3

Policies for the Certificate in Civic Leadership

Admissions

Upon completion of the Required Electives and Experiential Learning Programs, students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 or higher may apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year for admittance to the Certificate in Civic Leadership.

To apply, students must submit the following:

Only students who propose a feasible project and demonstrate a coherent path of preparation will be admitted to the certificate program.

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the Certificate in Civic Leadership should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, "Students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first declared a major."

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the Certificate in Civic Leadership should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Request for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

​For additional information, please see the Center for Civic Leadership website: http://ccl.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the Certificate in Civic Leadership

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

​For additional information, please see the Center for Civic Leadership website: https://ccl.rice.edu/