What is LEEP

What is LEEP - Clark University

What is LEEP?


LEEP lives within every Clark student. It’s the bold way you think and the provocative questions you ask. It’s the way you courageously step into the unknown and never give up, even when there's no easy path. It's the power to do whatever you dream of.

What you will learn

Every Clark undergraduate benefits from LEEP, or Liberal Education and Effective Practice, which 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.

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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.

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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 discipline. You’ll then apply that knowledge in work, research and public service settings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Career Preparation

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.

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Learning Outcomes

LEEP amplifies the four outcomes of a liberal arts education with an additional outcome unique to Clark: effective practice.






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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.

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LEEP Journeys

Now that you have a sense of what LEEP is all about, find out how it has worked for these Clark students.