The Liberal Education and Professional Skills (LEPS) certificate (12 credit hours) provides students with declared majors in the liberal arts and sciences, and in interdisciplinary studies, the opportunity to develop workplace-related skills, knowledge, and competencies beyond those they already acquire in the coursework toward their degree. The program's introductory and "capstone" courses encourage students to reflect on career paths in light of their liberal education and synthesize newly acquired professional skills in an applied, problem-solving context.
A LEPS certificate indicates that students have acquired additional experience and skills related to:
- Workplace writing
- Professional speaking
- Financial literacy
- Technology literacy
- Project management
- Team-based problem solving
Students pursing the LEPS certificate are strongly encouraged to participate in the Brooks Professional Series, which provides additional professionalization activities related to networking, career exploration, and the job search. More information about this co-curricular programming is available from the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.
Students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree.