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VCU students and instructors pose on the edge of a river for VCU River Studies Leadership Certificate program

VCU offers River Studies and Leadership Certificate program

September 6, 2018



Rivers play a central role in shaping landscapes and creating biologically diverse and unique ecosystems; they also form the foundation of cultures, economies, and communities.  Rivers connect us to nature, to our past, and to each other.

Leaders of the future with an understanding of the fundamentals of river sciences, river-related policy and management, and river-based recreation and education will be best equipped to make sustainable decisions about future uses, studies, and management of river systems around the world.

VCU is proud to be partnering with the River Management Society (RMS) and a cohort of eight other universities and colleges to offer the River Studies and Leadership Certificate program, awarded upon completion of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project by RMS. VCU is the only school east of the Mississippi to offer a path to the certificate.

The certificate requires the completion of one course from each of four core areas -- GIS, River Safety, River Science, and River Policy, and then two additional courses in the student's area of specialization -- River Science, River-based Policy and Management, or River-based Recreation, Education, and Tourism. The student then completes a river capstone/professional experience. The certificate can be complete at either undergrad or graduate levels.

Is the River Certificate right for you? If you are passionate about rivers and could imagine a river or water resource related career like the answer is, yes!

To learn more, visit the RMS River Studies & Leadership web page or contact VCU coordinator, Dr. James R Vonesh, Assistant Director, Center for Environmental Studies.

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