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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

“Edge” Co-Curricular Certification

Your supplemental learning experiences can now be powerful proof of career or graduate school readiness.

Edge is a new certification offered by the College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School recognizing completion of two or more experiential learning components, based upon Edge's formal framework. The goal is to give you a competitive edge post-graduation by supercharging your academics with the complementary co-curricular certification.

What’s more, you will learn to express the relevance and desirability of your academic inquiry and hands-on learning — important for job interviews, resume writing or applying for graduate school.

You can choose activities from these categories:

  • Research: Sustained research in your discipline under the guidance of a faculty member. Examples include independent research supported through SOURCE, working in a faculty member’s lab, or a research presentation at a conference;
  • Internships: On-site professional experience, with reflective writing guided by a faculty mentor through CAS/MAX 270 or CAS/MAX 470, or a departmentally sponsored internship course;
  • Study Abroad: Semester-long study at one of our five nationally recognized Syracuse Abroad centers or with a World Partner program, or enrollment in a course that includes a travel abroad component; and
  • Community Engagement: Sustained work that contributes to the community, accompanied by opportunities for reflection. Examples include participation in the engaged humanities program, serving as a peer mentor, completion of a service-learning course, or serving as an intern for a community organization such as La Casita Cultural Center or the Community Folk Art Center.

To get Edge certified, complete at least two of these experiences. Once the requirements are fulfilled, you will gain a certificate of completion and a digital LinkedIn badge. Work with your advisor to make sure what you choose will qualify.

The Edge program will help you develop proficiency in communication, problem-solving and adaptability, as well as cultivate a strong sense of global, intercultural and community awareness, all critically important assets in today’s world.

Experiential learning, such as research side-by-side with faculty, study abroad or internships, has always been a key component of the uniquely A&S | Maxwell experience. Now, with Edge, you will be rewarded for your extra efforts with a distinctive new credential that will give you an advantage in pursuing their personal and career goals."