What is LEEP?
You’ve likely been hearing a lot about LEEP and may feel a little overwhelmed — but if you stay on this page and read on, we promise that by the end you’ll get it.
What you will learn
LEEP, or Liberal Education and Effective Practice, combines our rigorous liberal arts curriculum with exciting opportunities to apply your knowledge at every stage of your academic experience. If you immerse yourself fully in the Clark experience, you’ll emerge with the confidence, understanding and skills to take your life and career in the direction you choose, and make a bold and indelible mark everywhere you go.
You will embark
on an academic journey where each experience prepares you for the next
Though the term “LEEP” sounds like you’ll be jumping into the deep end, in fact it represents a more gradual immersion into college life. Your coursework and collaborations will help you build the confidence to tackle academic and personal challenges of increasing complexity and depth.
You will benefit
from in-depth classroom exploration, and work and research beyond campus
Through your courses, you’ll explore intriguing topics, examine the relationship between theory and practice, and prepare for advanced study and career success in a focused disciplined. You’ll then apply that knowledge in work, research and public service settings.
You will build
broad knowledge and the ability to think across traditional boundaries
Choose from a breadth of courses to develop fundamental knowledge in a variety of disciplines and make vital connections across subjects — capacities that are crucial to success in today’s complex, global economy.
You will prepare
to live life on your terms and shape the world according to your ideals
Start your own business. Pursue a competitive graduate program. Develop the core abilities to launch successfully into your first profession — and the agility and flexibility to flourish wherever you go next.
How it works
LEEP ensures that the experiences you have today prepare you to meet the expectations of tomorrow,
allowing you to pursue a fulfilling life and career. During your four years at Clark, you’ll take
on more responsibility and gain confidence to tackle academic and personal challenges of greater
complexity and depth. This is your pathway through LEEP.
First Year Intensives
FYIs set the foundation for you to flourish as a member of the Clark community.
Adjust to college life and build strong academic and social foundations.Read More
Program of Liberal Studies
Build fundamental understanding in a variety of disciplines and make vital connections across subjects.
Majors and Minors
Engage in work that marries theory and practice and prepare for advanced study and career success.
Acquire the knowledge and abilities essential for success at — and after — Clark.Read More
Problems of Practice
Connect your classroom learning to world and workplace challenges.
LEEP Culminating Capstone
Demonstrate mastery in a discipline and your capacity to excel after Clark.
Make substantive contributions in the workplace and the world.Read More
Job shadowing, internships and our accelerated B.A./master’s degree program give you the Clark edge.
Connect to our community of industry leaders and prepare for life after Clark.Read More
LEEP amplifies the four outcomes of a liberal arts education with an additional outcome unique to Clark: effective practice.
Knowledge of the Natural World and Human Cultures and Societies
Foundational disciplinary knowledge and the ability to employ different ways of knowing the world in its many dimensions.
The acquisition of this knowledge is focused by rigorous engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.
Intellectual and Practical Skills
Inquiry and analysis, the generation and evaluation of evidence and argument, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork and problem-solving.
These skills are practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.
Personal and Social Responsibility
Ethical reasoning and action, the intercultural understanding and competence to participate in a global society, civic knowledge and engagement locally as well as globally, and the lifelong habits of critical self-reflection and learning. .
These abilities are anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges, taking particular advantage of Clark's urban location and global connections.
Ability to Integrate Knowledge and Skills
Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies, bridging disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking, and connecting the classroom and the world.
This is experienced through progressively more advanced knowledge creation, contextual reasoning, and the construction of shared meaning and opportunities for reflection.
Capacities of Effective Practice
Creativity and imagination, self-directedness, resilience and persistence, and the abilities to collaborate with others across differences and to manage complexity and uncertainty.
These are demonstrated by application of knowledge and skills to issues of consequence and by emerging membership in larger communities of scholarship and practice.
LEEP Advising Model
At Clark, you never walk alone. From the day you arrive on campus you will be guided by a team of advisers and mentors, who help you move forward but who also have your back.
Now that you have a sense of what LEEP is all about, find out how it has worked for these Clark students.