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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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Graduate with Leadership Distinction

Professional and Civic Engagement

Students graduating from USC Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, or Union may earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement.

 

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
  1. Extensive Beyond the Classroom (Core) Experience

    Part A: 1 semester in an approved leadership experience (e.g., officer, ambassador, peer/project leader) AND

    Part B, one of the following:
    • 240 hrs supervised, work/professional experience
    • 2 additional semester(s) in approved leadership experience - 1 different from
      Part A
    • 120 hrs work/professional experience and 1 additional semester in a leadership role
    Notes:
    1. Some work/professional experience is required which can be achieved through either at least 120 hours in core experiences or a practica/internship course. Experiences cannot be double counted — e.g., a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting leadership OR work/professional experience, not both.
    2. Have you arranged an internship for yourself? Want it to count toward Graduation with Leadership Distinction? Before starting an independently arranged internship, contact the Career Center in the Thomas Cooper Library-5th floor or call (803) 777-7280 or to report your internship online. Career Center approved internships will automatically count for GLD.
       
  2. Enhancement Experiences
    3 different experiences that enhance understanding of professional and civic engagement
  1. Course work
    6 credit hours coursework from approved list with a grade of B or better
  1. Publication or Presentation
    Publish in a professional publication (e.g., Caravel) OR

    Present at Discovery Day; a local, state, national, or international professional meeting/conference; or an approved office/department/college presentation experience.
     
  2. E-portfolio
    The e-portfolio can be completed in one of two ways:
  • Workshop training and direct submission to USC Connect OR
  • Successful completion of a credit-bearing course meeting GLD e-portfolio requirements

 

Associate’s Degree Requirements (for Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union only)
  1. Extensive Beyond the Classroom (Core) Experience - Two Parts

    Part A: 1 semester in an approved leadership experience (e.g., officer, ambassador, peer/project leader) AND

    Part B, one of the following:
    • 120 hrs supervised, work/professional experience
    • 1 additional semester in approved leadership experience-1 different from Part A
    Please note: Some work/professional experience is required which can be achieved through either at least 120 hours in core experiences or a practica/internship course. Experiences cannot be double counted — e.g., a paid leadership experience is either counted toward meeting leadership OR work/professional experience, not both.
     
  2. Enhancement Experiences
    2 different experiences that enhance understanding of community service
  1. Course work
    3 credit hours coursework from approved list with a grade of B or better
  1. Publication or Presentation
    Publish in a professional publication (e.g., Caravel) OR

    Present at Discovery Day; a local, state, national, or international professional meeting/conference; or an approved office/department/college presentation experience.
     
  2. E-portfolio
    The e-portfolio can be completed in one of two ways:
  • Workshop training and direct submission to USC Connect OR
  • Successful completion of a credit-bearing course meeting GLD e-portfolio requirements

View the GLD Video

Questions? Contact: 803-777-3272, uconnect@mailbox.sc.edu.


 


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Thomas Cooper Library, Suite L132
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-3272

Irma Van Scoy, Executive Director
Damara Hightower-Davis, Assistant Director
Natalie Smith-Kenner, Administrative Coordinator
Nick Vaught, Student Services Coordinator
Lisa Camp, Student Advisor

Student Representative Board


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