Starting in Fall 2018, the ELP Certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours in leadership, project management, and/or global perspectives. The first course to be taken is Engineering Leadership Gateway. Students then take 3-2 credit ELP courses before graduation, generally one each academic year. Students select additional elective courses to complete the 12 credit hours.
The Engineering Leadership Gateway course (COEN 2050) is designed to launch students’ journey through the Engineering Leadership Program. As a cohort students explore fundamental concepts and questions that are especially meaningful for self-guided, life-long leadership development. Rather than impart a particular philosophy and particular practical skillset, the course aims to cultivate students’ capacity to inductively develop their own leadership convictions, assess their own needs to develop particular leadership virtues and skills, and proactively seek experiences to learn and practice these abilities and traits. The spirit of the course emphasizes integrity—both in the sense of commitment to authentic, gritty, courageous engagement in course work, and in the sense of cohesively integrating leadership development with all other aspects of personal, professional and civic life.
The 2-credit hour ELP courses (COEN 3051, 3052, and 3053) help ELP students remain connected with other ELP students and provide structure and support to ensure the independent elements of ELP (mentor relationships, leadership seminars, and leadership experience) are successfully completed.
ELP students are encouraged to plan their ELP electives around a purposeful learning plan in a discipline that is complementary to their leadership experience plan and/or their future career plan. Students have the freedom and responsibility to select any courses that are relevant to thier leadership interests. Things to consider as you select your electives: Will this course help me learn leadership theory or develop leadership skills? Am I interested in this topic and will it help develop skills in the areas aligned with my career interests? Am I qualified to enroll in this course based on my class standing, prerequisite requirements, or program admission?
For example, if you are considering attending law school, you may want to select elective courses in political science, philosophy and economics. If you are interested in globalization, you should consider courses in geography, political science, economics and environmental studies. If your plan is to develop strong business skills, then you should investigate courses in the Engineering Management Program or the Business Minor offered by the Leeds School of Business. ROTC students can apply their ROTC courses as their ELP electives.
Students are responsible for taking any required prerequisites, or for obtaining a waiver from the department/program for any prerequisites. If the department/program has any questions about ELP, please feel free to ask them to contact the ELP Director. In most cases, introductory courses (1000 level) will not be accepted as ELP electives. An elective course plan must be included in the student's ELP Portfolio.
Students desiring to undertake an independent study as an ELP elective or desiring to take an ELP elective from another institution should discuss this option with the ELP Director.