Who is this for?
We developed this certificate/minor for graduate students all across campus who are interested in learning more about (and getting credit for!) community-engaged work and integrating community engagement into their research, teaching, and learning. You do not need prior experience in CES or ongoing projects with community partners, although many students do have some experience and community relationships as they enter the program. We welcome students from every department and discipline.
What does the certificate/minor look like in practice?
The certificate/minor is 9-12 credits: three required courses and one or two electives. The required courses are a 2-credit seminar overview of community-engaged scholarship, a 3-credit community-based research methods course, and a 1-3 credit (you determine the credit load) capstone course. Additionally, you can choose one or two electives. If you have an idea for an appropriate elective course that is not listed here, please contact Haley Madden.
How much time does it take?
You can plan out your courses in whatever time frame works for you, but you can complete the certificate/minor in as little time as one year. There is no set sequence of courses, although CP 601 is a good course to start with.
How do I take the capstone credits?
You have a few options for completing the capstone credits:
- If you are already working on a community-engaged project of some kind, you can take those credits through your advisor, PI, or supervisor.
- If you are working on a community-engaged project outside of the work with your advisor, we can connect you with a faculty member in Civil Society and Community Studies to supervise those credits.
- If you are not working on a community-engaged project, we can connect you with a project with a CSCS faculty member. You can reach out directly to a CSCS faculty member or we can help develop that connection.
Who do I contact with any other questions?
Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden.