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:
- Integrate academic and experiential knowledge in civic contexts.
- Analyze issues through the framework of democratic values, processes, and policies.
- Address real world issues through interaction and collaboration with diverse community partners.
- Communicate with and present their work effectively to a range of audiences both within and beyond the academic community.
- Employ reflection to express their individual values and goals and be able to act on them.
- Demonstrate motivation to realizing equitable and inclusive communities.
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 2 Experiential Learning Programs:
- 1 LEARN Level Program
- 1 ACT Level Program
- A Civic Leadership Portfolio.
- A Capstone Requirement.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.00 grade points) in each course.
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 where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the certificate's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.
|Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Civic Leadership||12|
|Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Leadership Electives (see below for course list)||3|
|Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the Social Issues Electives (see below for course list)||3|
|Required Experiential Learning Programs|
|Select 1 LEARN Level Program from the following:|
Urban Immersion Participant
Alternative Spring Break Participant
Houston Policy Challenge Participant
|Select 1 ACT Level Program from the following:|
Urban Immersion Coordinator
Alternative Spring Break Site Leader
Houston Action Research Team (HART)
Houston Policy Challenge Coordinator
Leadership Rice Summer Mentorship Experience
Rich Family Endowment
|Civic Leadership Portfolio 1|
|UNIV 402||CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE I||3|
|UNIV 403||CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE II||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Footnotes and Additional Information
The submission of the Portfolio is required by the end of the semester in which the student is graduating. The Portfolio must include work samples completed for the certificate and a reflection essay that addresses how these experiences contributed to civic leadership development.
Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements
|Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:|
|BUSI 310||LEADING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS||3|
|ENGI 140||ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT||2|
|ENGI 315||LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION||3|
|ENGI 320 / CEVE 320||ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP||3|
|LEAD 102||INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP||3|
|LEAD 260 / POLI 260||ADVOCATING FOR IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD||3|
|LEAD 321||LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION||3|
|LEAD 333||STEM (SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) OUTREACH: INTRO TO CIVIC SCIENCE||3|
|LEAD 340||PHILANTHROPY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE||3|
|NAVA 203||LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT I||3|
Social Issues Electives
|Select at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:|
|ANTH 332 / ENST 332||THE SOCIAL LIFE OF CLEAN ENERGY||3|
|ANTH 358||THE FOURTH WORLD: ISSUES OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE||3|
|ARCH 313 / ENST 313||CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN||3|
|ARCH 455||HOUSING AND URBAN PROGRAMS: ISSUES IN POLICY||3|
|ASIA 387 / ANTH 387||ASIAN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY COMMUNITIES||3|
|BIOS 204||ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE DESIGN & PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE||1|
|BUSI 464 / GLHT 464 / SOSC 464||SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP||3|
|CEVE 302 / ENGI 302||SUSTAINABLE DESIGN||3|
|CEVE 307 / EEPS 307 / ENST 307||ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT||3|
|CEVE 406 / ENST 406||INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW||3|
|CHBE 281 / ENST 281||ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES||3|
|ECON 432||POLITICAL ECONOMY||3|
|ECON 450||ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT||3|
|ECON 460||ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT||3|
|ECON 462||ECONOMICS OF HUMAN CAPITAL||3|
|ECON 479||ECONOMIC MODELING AND PUBLIC POLICY||3|
|ECON 480 / ENST 480||ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS||3|
|ECON 481||HEALTH ECONOMICS||3|
|EDUC 202||CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EDUCATION||3|
|EDUC 335||URBAN EDUCATION: ISSUES, POLICY, AND PRACTICE||3|
|EDUC 350||EDUCATION POLICY: FROM LEGISLATURES TO CLASSROOMS||3|
|ELEC 419 / BIOE 419||INNOVATION LAB FOR MOBILE HEALTH||3|
|ENGL 278||MEDICINE IN THE AGE OF NETWORKED INTELLIGENCE||3|
|ENGL 371 / SPPO 354 / SWGS 354||CHICANO/A LITERATURE||3|
|GLHT 201||INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH||3|
|HEAL 222||PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH||3|
|HEAL 360||VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE||3|
|HEAL 380||DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA||3|
|HEAL 460||PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION||3|
|HIST 268||MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING||3|
|HIST 328||POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA||3|
|HIST 421||RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH||3|
|HUMA 202 / ENST 202||CULTURE, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HUMANITIES||3|
|HUMA 320||FROM PHYSICS LABS TO OIL FUTURES: SOCIAL STUDIES OF ENERGY||3|
|LASR 375 / SWGS 375||LATINA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE URBAN METROPOLIS||3|
|LASR 376 / SWGS 376||CHICANA AND LATINA EXPERIENCE THRU FILM||3|
|POLI 250 / ASIA 251 / SWGS 250||SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD||3|
|POLI 315||ELECTIONS AND VOTING BEHAVIOR||3|
|POLI 362||COMPARATIVE URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY||3|
|PSYC 345||HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|PSYC 435||POLLUTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT||3|
|SOCI 238||SPECIAL TOPICS||1-4|
|SOCI 301||SOCIAL INEQUALITY||3|
|SOCI 306 / SWGS 324||SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER||3|
|SOCI 308||HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY||3|
|SOCI 314||SCIENCE AT RISK? OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO PUBLIC SPHERE||3|
|SOCI 340||SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION||3|
|SOCI 343||RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE||3|
|SOCI 365 / ANTH 365||POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION: HOW WE UNDERSTAND "WAR" AND "THE RACIAL OTHER"||3|
|SOSC 330||HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE 50 STATES||3|
Policies for the Certificate in Civic Leadership
Upon completing an advising plan to complete the Required Electives and Experiential Learning Programs, students 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:
- An Official Transcript
- Curriculum Choice Statement
- 3 Supplemental Questions (complete instructions are available at https://ccl.rice.edu/certificate-requirements).
Only students who 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.
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: https://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:
Requests 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: https://ccl.rice.edu/.
Opportunities for the Certificate in Civic Leadership
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/