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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Certificate in Liberal Education and Professional Skills


A certificate in liberal education and professional skills (LEPS) provides students with declared liberal arts and interdisciplinary majors an opportunity to develop workplace-related skills, knowledge, and competencies beyond those they already acquire in the coursework toward their degree. Additionally, the program’s curriculum encourages 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
  • Technological literacy
  • Project management
  • Team-based problem solving

Admission Requirements


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. 

Certificate Requirements


In order to complete the certificate, must earn a bachelor’s degree and select a total of 12 credits from a list of required and elective courses. For elective courses, students must select one course from each of the two groups of electives.

Elective Courses (6 credits)


Cocurricular Programming


Students pursuing 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 cocurricular programming is available from the Office of Integrative Learning and Advising, 133 LMH, (616) 331-4321.