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Undergraduate Certificate in Community-Based Research [JLC]

Offered by the School of Public Affairs, the Community-Based Research certificate is for students who are interested in applying community-based research methodology and social science research methods to community-based settings domestically or internationally. Community-based research is an orientation based on the philosophy that research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem should involve the community. In this certificate program, students learn to collaborate with community partners to conduct research aimed at meeting community-identified needs and apply what they learn in a final independent capstone project.

Open to undergraduate degree and nondegree students.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15-18 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 9 credits at the 300-level or above with grades of B or better. Grades of B- or lower in certificate program courses will not be accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements although these grades will be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period after they are admitted. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.
  • Community-based experience: Participation in a for-credit or non-credit relevant community-based experience such as an internship, a significant volunteer experience, paid employment, community-based research project, community-based learning course, or Community-Service Learning Program approved by the program director.

Course Requirements

Community-Based Learning (3 credit hours)

Note: The list of approved courses is published each semester by the Center for Community Engagement & Service.

  • 3 credit hours in approved, "CB"-designated coursework

Methodology (3 credit hours)

Research Methods (6-7 credit hours)

Note: Research Methods coursework does not require a "CB" designation.

  • 6-7 credit hours of approved research methods coursework, which may include statistics or research design coursework, with at least one course at the 300-level or above

Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours of independent research project (XXX-490) approved by program director

Community-Based Experience (0-3 credit hours)

  • 0-3 credit hours approved by the program director