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Concurrent Certificate in Leadership, Equity & Social Change

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Faculty of Humanities

Chester New Hall, Room 107

This Certificate provides students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that enhance their leadership capabilities through foundational skills development, specialized training, and community service. This includes a rigorous academic framework that balances both theory and practice, and a curriculum that challenges students to think critically about their place in the world and how they can affect change around them. Students also develop professional skills that are highly desirable for the pursuit of graduate studies, professional programs, and gainful employment.

Certificate Requirements

Any student in an undergraduate degree program at McMaster may declare the certificate, at the time of graduation, and upon completion of the following courses.


  1. Courses that are not listed below, such as relevant topics offered through INSPIRE, may be considered for eligibility toward the Concurrent Certificate in Leadership, Equity & Social Change. Students wishing to suggest an alternate course for use toward the ‘Diversity, Equity and Social Change’ course list requirement, or ‘Leadership in Action’ requirement, are invited to contact Dr. Alpha Abebe (
  2. Eligible Wilson Leadership Scholars may replace HUMAN 4LC3 - Major Leadership Project: Theory and Practice  with HUMAN 4WL3 A/B - Wilson Leadership Scholar Capstone  toward this certificate requirement.
  3. Students must be aware that some courses in the Course List have their own disciplinary prerequisite, and it is the responsibility of students completing this certificate to meet other Faculties’, departments’ and programs’ requirements. In addition, some courses in the Course List may be restricted to students from the associated program and may not be open to students from other programs; these courses will be listed as restricted.
  4. Students who previously began studies under the Concurrent Certificate in Leadership & Cross-Cultural Literacy requirements may continue to complete under this certificate’s requirements and should consult the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Calendar for certificate requirements.

Diversity, Equity and Social Change Course List


15 units total

3 units


Core Leadership Requirement

6 units


Diversity, Equity & Social Change Requirement

  • Diversity, Equity & Social Change course list (see Notes 1 and 3.)

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