CEP is a two-year, upper-division, undergraduate major.
Students begin their two years in CEP by creating an Individualized Study Plan (ISP), a document written by the student highlighting learning goals and guiding choices about their courses and extracurricular activities. In the ISP, students tie together the various components of their education, including classes, service learning, study abroad, and other activities that are pertinent to their learning experience.
Quarterly, CEP students take a five-credit Core Seminar course, a one-credit Governance practicum (CEP 400) and, in Autumn and Spring, a one-credit Leadership Retreat (CEP 300). In addition to this, students take one to three courses of their choosing that relate to their educational learning goals. These are their Methods courses, outlined in their ISP. Over the course of their two years, students will take at least 25-credits of Methods courses.
At any quarter of their choosing, students complete an internship and take the Internship course (CEP 446). The internship must equal 120-150 hours, over at least a three month period. In their final year, students embark on a nine-month independent project, known as the Senior Project, and take two Senior Project Prep seminars (CEP 490 and CEP 491) to support their process. While some students choose to do research-based work, many students work directly with community organizations and ‘clients’ that seek support in specific projects.
As a product to display this process, as well as culmination of their learning experience, students create an E-Portfolio prior to graduation. This portfolio is commonly a website that not only showcases skills and learning outcomes, but also illustrates the educational journey of each student.
In total, CEP is a 77-credit major, with 47 credits required within the CEP program, and 30 credits from elsewhere in the College of Built Environments or other departments on campus. To find out more about CEP’s structure, please read our policy guidebook, the Plumb Manual.