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GLD in Professional and Civic Engagement

Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement helps you to make connections between learning within the classroom and professional and/or leadership experiences beyond the classroom.

By completing the Professional and Civic Engagement pathway you can expect to explore the skills learned through your professional and leadership experiences. You can also expect to explore how those experiences are beneficial to your future professional or educational goals. The Professional and Civic Engagement pathway can emphasize the qualities of effective leadership, management, communication, and organization. To receive Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement, you must complete the appropriate pathway requirements for the degree level they are pursuing.

The first step towards pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement is to complete the GLD Orientation.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete both Part A & Part B.

Part A: Equivalent of one semester in an approved leadership experience of at least 60 hours. Students may combine multiple experiences across semesters. 

Part B. One of the following:

  • 240 hours in supervised, work/professional experience such as an internship or practicum experience, which may be completed as a part of a class, but may not be double counted toward fulfillment of the coursework requirement. A paid peer leadership position can count as a work/professional experience.

  • 120 hours work/professional experience and 1 additional semester in a leadership role that is a different experience than the one used to fulfill Part A.

Note: Experiences may not be double counted. For instance, a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting Part A -OR- counted toward meeting the work/professional experience option in Part B.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the internship/work experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential Professional & Civic Engagement opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in three (3) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your Professional & Civic Engagement interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Professional & Civic Engagement pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

 You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Professional and Civic Engagement pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Professional and Civic Engagement pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Associate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete both Part A & Part B.

Part A: One semester in an approved leadership experience.

Part BOne of the following:

  • 120 hours in supervised, work/professional experience such as an internship or practicum experience, which may be completed as a part of a class, but may not be double counted toward fulfillment of the coursework requirement. A paid peer leadership position can count as a work/professional experience.

  • 1 additional semester in an approved leadership experience different than the experience listed for Part A.  If you select this option then you must complete an internship or practicum for course credit.

Note: Experiences may not be double counted. For instance, a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting Part A -OR- counted toward meeting the work/professional experience option in Part B

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the internship/work experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential Professional & Civic Engagement opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in two (2) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your Professional & Civic Engagement interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete three (3) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Professional & Civic Engagement pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Community Service pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Community Service pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Pharm.D.

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must complete both Part A & Part B.

Part A: Two semesters in an approved leadership experience.

Part B. One of the following:

  • 360 hours in supervised, work/professional experience such as an internship or practicum experience, which may be completed as a part of a class, but may not be double counted toward fulfillment of the coursework requirement. A paid peer leadership position can count as a work/professional experience.

  • 240 hours work/professional experience and 1 additional semester in a leadership role that is a different experience than the one used to fulfill Part A.

Note: Experiences may not be double counted. For instance, a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting Part A -OR- counted toward meeting the work/professional experience option in Part B.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the internship/work experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

To find potential Professional & Civic Engagement opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database & USC Connect Program Recommendations.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in four (4) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your Professional & Civic Engagement interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete nine (9) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Professional & Civic Engagement pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement. 

Public Presentation

 You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Professional and Civic Engagement pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Professional and Civic Engagement pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.