Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program CCLCP

CCLCP courses encourage
focus on community issues

Each course in the CCLCP sequence bears three credit hours, plus an additional credit in recognition of the time students devote to field work. To qualify for certification, students must earn all 16 CCCLP course credit hours.


First Year

Fall semester for students placed in English 160
English 160: “Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts”

A peek into one of our freshman forums.In CCLCP’s version of English 160, writing students apply their developing rhetoric, writing, and research skills to projects produced for and with the guidance of community partner agencies.


Fall semester for English 160-exempt students
English 122: “Understanding Rhetoric”

This General Education course is for CCLCP students exempt from English 160. English 122 presents rhetoric as an intellectual force that shapes both academic and public discourse. In the CCLCP version, rhetoric principles and practices are observed, tested, and applied in “real world” contexts as students accomplish projects with and for their community partner organizations.


Spring semester for all CCLCP students
English 161: “Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research”

In the CCLCP version of English 161, students work on writing projects with and for community partners, and also are asked to write thesis-driven, research-based papers. CCLCP students base their research papers on issues or topics of importance to their community partner organizations.


NOTE: Completion of (or exemption from) English 160 followed by completion of English 161 satisfies the university writing requirement. English 122 counts toward the General Education requirement in either “Understanding the Individual and Society” or “Understanding the Creative Arts.”


Second Year

Fall semester for all CCLCP students
A General Education or elective course

In the first semester of their second undergraduate year, CCLCP students enroll in a General Education or elective course offered in a community-based, CCLCP version. In the past, these have included: Urban Planning and Policy Administration 101, “Introduction to Urban Studies”; UPP 202, “Planning Great Cities”; Psychology 231, “Community Psychology”; and Sociology 215, “Sociology of Youth and Gender.” In both CCLCP second-year courses, students apply a specific disciplinary perspective and principles to understanding community and civic issues and to completing projects accomplished with and for community partner organizations. These projects also extend CCLCP’s emphasis on research, rhetoric, and writing.


Spring semester for all CCLCP students
Capstone Course

In the capstone course of the CCLCP sequence each student works with an approved non-profit community partner organization of his or her choice to design and execute a single, major project that draws on all the skills acquired in CCLCP. Students also compile a portfolio that showcases their community-based work in CCLCP courses. The portfolio is an important step toward securing an internship or other opportunities.


Two-Year CCLCP curriculum summary
  • First-Year writing requirement completed: 6 or 3 hours (English 160 and 161 or only English 161).
  • General Education and/or elective credits hours earned: 3 or 6 hours (one Gen Ed or elective course in second year) or 6 hours (English 122 in first year and one other Gen Ed or elective in second year).
  • Additional Gen Ed. or elective course: 3 hours (capstone course).
  • Credit for community-based work: 4 hours (one per semester, delivered through registration in English 198).
  • Total credits earned in CCLCP courses: 16