UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service

What is the certificate in CEPS?
A certificate is similar to a minor, except that a minor is usually in a single department, whereas a certificate explores a complex topic using courses from several departments. The Certificate in CEPS provides a combination of theory and practical experiences in a coherent framework for students who want to learn how to be effective in building a more just and peaceful world.

Why do the certificate?

Students can:

  • Develop the skills needed for a life of active and engaged citizenship;
  • Get hands-on experience connecting ideas and action;
  • Explore a path to a career in the civic sphere, non-profit sector, or politics;
  • Learn how to create positive social change;
  • Receive recognition for public service done while at UMass; and
  • Learn how to connect such work to their major.


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