RWC Curriculum and Certificate


Click here to see an example of the RWC program curriculum for Master’s students:

Click here to see an example of the RWC program curriculum for Ph.D. students:

RWC Certificate

Both funded and non-funded students in the RWC program can achieve the RWC Certificate by completing the following traineeship elements:

  • Community-engaged Scholarship (1 cr.) – This rotating topics class for 1 credit course will provide students with an introduction to the Certificate and its requirements, a theoretical and methodological overview of community-engaged scholarship, and guidance to develop a community-engaged scholarship proposal.
  • Leadership Development Course (2 cr.) – Interdisciplinary approaches and expertise in intercultural communication, management, team building, conflict resolution, consensus building, networking, and project management. (Optional)
  • Native Science, Tribal Environmental Policy and Collaboration (3 cr.) – Introduction to historical and contemporary Tribal environmental perspectives, issues, knowledge, practices, and values with an emphasis on water systems and ecosystem management.
  • Integrated Solutions Experience Course (3 cr.) – Using teamwork and problem-solving skills through guided participation, the course works towards solutions to real, client-generated projects delivered to clients in the form of high-level, professional reports and presentations.
  • Engagement Experience (3 cr.) – Practicing community engagement through an experience of a student’s choice, such as:
    • Co-production of research to inform design, management, or policy.
    • Work with members of the EPA Restoration Working Group to develop pollutant reduction strategies, assist with water quality monitoring.
    • Develop outreach and training workshops for a community.
    • Internships or research-related experiences with federal, state, tribal, or local agencies on research projects related to natural resources or environmental health research initiatives.
    • Develop new learning modules and/or teach studio experiences in undergraduate capstone courses.
    • Work within the Center for Civic Engagement to mentor other graduate students seeking community engagement experiences.
    • Develop outreach campaigns to help K-12 teachers incorporate science and community engagement into their curriculum.

Students who are not RWC Program Trainees, please apply to join the RWC Certificate program here.