Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Steps to Complete Certificate

  1. If you have been accepted to Rice but not yet started your first year, consider applying to participate in the Urban Immersion program. If you are unable to participate in Urban Immersion, sign up for Beyond the Sallyport. Both of these experiences meet the requirements of the CCL Immersion Program.
     
  2. Set up an appointment with the CCL Undergraduate Advisor to review the certificate requirements and start to develop a personalized path for completion of all certificate requirements. The CCL Undergraduate Advisor will be your primary source of information regarding the certificate program and its requirements, although you will continue to build other advising and mentoring relationships with members of the staff in the Center for Civic Leadership.
     
  3. During your first, second year, or third year, complete 3 credits in elective course(s) in leadership and 3 credits in elective course(s) in a social issue relevant to the your anticipated capstone project.
     
  4. Apply to participate in one of the many CCL Action Programs available through the Center for Civic Leadership.
     
  5. Work with the CCL Undergraduate Advisor and other staff members in the Center for Civic Leadership to identify a potential capstone topic that builds on your elective coursework and civic experiences. 
     
  6. Formally apply for admission to the Certificate program through the Registrar. Complete the “Undergraduate Declaration and Change of University Certificate Form” from the Registrar or your Esther account. Register for the Civic Leadership Capstone Course (UNIV 402) for the Fall semester.
     
  7. Formally apply for admission to the Certificate program through the Center for Civic Leadership. Complete the Declaration of Intent on the CCL webpage https://ccl.rice.edu/application/  Select CCL Certificate and fill out the form. In your CCL profile under « essays » tab upload one single PDF (Times 12, single spaced) with your application which consist of the following:


    Personal Statement (1000 word limit). Complete a personal statement in which you discuss: What are your motivations in pursuing the certificate? What do you hope to gain from this experience? What are your goals and expectations of the certificate program?


    Curriculum Choice (500 word limit). Write about your intellectual rationale for the choice of the elective classes. Why were these classes important and why where they useful for your current application to the Certificate? Also, suggest preliminary 1-2 faculty members and 1-2 community partners you could work with for the capstone (this information may change later in the program).

    Supplemental Questions (500 word limit each):

    What are three things that you have learned about yourself as a result of participating in a learn/act program?


    Using one or more examples from your learn/act programs discuss a social issue that became important for you and how do you hope to continue engaging with it during the certificate?


    Using one or more examples from your learn/act programs discuss differences or similarities you noticed between yourself and others, in other communities or cultures, and how have these affected your work and your beliefs?

  8. As part of UNIV 402, continue to research your issue, strengthen your relationships with your Faculty Advisor and community partner, and more fully develop the Capstone Project.
     
  9. If you successfully complete UNIV 402 and your project is approved, implement the project during the spring semester (available to all students) or summer (available only to students continuing as an undergraduate student the following fall semester).
     
  10. Submit findings or final product of capstone project for review by a committee composed of the CCL Undergraduate Advisor, UNIV 402/403 instructor, Faculty Advisor, and representatives of the CCL Faculty Advisory Board.
     
  11. Present the findings or final product of the capstone project to the community partner.
     
  12. In the semester of anticipated graduation, complete a degree audit with the CCL Undergraduate Advisor to verify completion of all certificate requirements.