Mar 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership Undergraduate Certificate

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The Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership Certificate program is offered in two different formats: the traditional, on-campus format, and the New Directions weekend classes format, with classes offered in CU Denver facilities south of Denver. Students can choose either of these two pathways to completion of the certificate.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Certificate

  • Any student wishing to declare this certificate should schedule a certificate advising appointment with either the Department Chair, Department Undergraduate Advisor, or NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Community Leadership Certificate, and to develop a curriculum plan.

General Requirements

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Certificate Requirements: On-Campus Pathway

  1. Must complete 15 credits in PSCI coursework.
  2. 6 credits must be upper division level
  3. All credits must be taken in residence at CU Denver.  No transfer credits may apply.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better is required for all PSCI courses taken at CU Denver.
  5. A minimum grade of C is required for all PSCI courses applied toward the certificate.


Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership Certificate: On-Campus Pathway

The CU Denver Political Science Department’s Public, Non-Profit and Community Leadership Certificate engages students in a focused curriculum in the community organizing and development field, including field placements in internships with local community partners. The program curriculum is anchored around the study and practice of local civic engagement, especially in traditionally marginalized communities. Students will be connected to meaningful work and networking opportunities in those communities, through community-based coursework, internships and service-learning opportunities. The certificate program provides critical education and effective skills-based training for students seeking careers in community organizing and development, as well as for students seeking more active citizenship and civic engagement. Students will be prepared to become change agents in their communities, while developing possible career paths in community-based advocacy/service organizations, public agencies, or international development work.

Curriculum and Credit Requirements: On-Campus Pathway

Undergraduate Credit Requirement: the undergraduate certificate requires five “public leadership” courses (15 credits), which must include PSCI 4808 (Community Organizing and Development) and an appropriate field study (internship) course (with the default course being PSCI 4944-CU in the City).

Certificate Requirements: New Directions Weekend Pathway

The Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy offers an undergraduate certificate in Community Leadership to meet the needs of individuals in formal public and nonprofit positions that require development of their leadership competencies and for individuals in informal community leadership positions who want to build their knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. The certificate is open to non-degree seeking students (without an undergraduate degree) as well as undergraduates. The certificate can be earned entirely through classes offered in a weekend format.

This certificate will help human resources directors in local governments and nonprofit organizations who are seeking additional leadership development for the department heads and other individuals they want to groom for succession to leadership. The certificate can also serve as a re-entry point for individuals who have been away from higher education for some time and who are fearful of returning to college to complete their BA degree program when their study skills may have faded.

Students who successfully complete the certificate program would be allowed to transfer in the credits received in the certificate program to complete their undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver. Undergraduate student transfer of credits would follow completion of the formal application for admission and follow the established review for acceptance of transfer credits.

Twelve credit hours must be successfully completed with a grade of B- or better.

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