Leadership | Experiential Learning | Academic Achievement | Professional Development

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) LEAP is an inclusive community of diverse students and professors from a wide variety of backgrounds committed to working together to build meaningful relationships that will support students as they strive to achieve their goals. This multi-year academic enrichment program has four strategic goals to promote comprehensive student development: increasing academic achievement, encouraging experiential learning, providing professional development, and creating community. Participants will gain skills that will prepare them to be independent lifelong learners who will engage in solving complex problems and act as informed citizens who contribute to their communities.

  • Enrolled full-time at the College of Charleston
  • Declared Major or Minor in a program offered by a department or program within HSS
  • GPA 2.0 to 3.5 preferred
  • Sophomore or junior standing (preference given to students who will not graduate before May 2022)
  • Must commit to participate for at least one academic year (includes attending monthly meetings as a community, monthly meetings with your faculty mentor, and professional development workshop(s)) Refer to student contract here.
Benefits of participating in the program include:
  • Individualized mentorship by a HSS faculty member
  • Monthly workshops on professional development
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • Experiential learning opportunities (internships, study abroad, independent study, etc.)
  • Support and networking with peers in HSS
  • $250 per semester scholarship for accepted students
  • Opportunity to apply for additional financial support for experiential learning activities
Complete the application here.

Questions? Email Dr. Jennifer Wilhelm, HSS LEAP Program Director, for more information.