Certificates

Faculty of Arts Certificates

Community Engagement Service Learning Certificate

The CSL Program in Arts started as a pilot program in Sociology in 2003 and has since supported courses in fifteen departments. Faculty and instructors in the Sociology Department have continued to play an active role in actively adapting a variety of courses to include a CSL component.

Community service-learning (CSL) is a pedagogy that integrates volunteer and social action work into academic courses. Typically, students in CSL-designated courses dedicate about twenty hours each into community-based projects or activities that have been intentionally designed to match the goals of the course. When effectively adopted as a key element of a course, CSL not only enlivens course material but also develops critical thinking and engages students in questions of social change.

The Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning allows students to demonstrate that they have significantly integrated community service-learning (CSL) into their postsecondary education. The knowledge and experience students gain through service-learning are relevant and applicable to a wide range of careers, including those in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the volunteer sector, business and government, and academic institutions. Students enrolled in ANY Undergraduate program at the University of Alberta are eligible for the Certificate, which is received upon graduation and noted in the student transcript.

To qualify, students must fulfill all existing requirements for majors, minors, or honours in their respective departments. Additionally, students must:

1) Complete a minimum of 15 credits as follows:

  • At least 3 credits in a CSL-designated course (CSL 100, 300, 350, 360, or 480)
  • 12 credits from the list of academic courses approved by the CSL Program. Students must satisfactorily meet the CSL requirements of each course
- OR -

2) Complete a minimum of 12 credits and one non-credit opportunity as follows:
  • At least 3 credits in a CSL-designated course (CSL 100, 300, 350, 360, or 480)
  • 9 credits from the list of academic courses approved by the CSL Program. Students must satisfactorily meet the CSL requirements of each course
  • Successful completion of one non-credit opportunity
In order to receive credit for their Certificate, students must apply to the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Student Services Office when applying for convocation. All non-credit opportunities must be approved prior to this deadline so that the CSL Program can confirm that students are eligible to receive the Certificate.
The Certifi-KIT provides helpful details about Certificate requirements.