Technology Competency Skills
Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills
Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.
Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.
Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:
A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.
Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:
Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass.
Applied & Clinical Specialization
A specialization in clinical/applied sociology prepares students for a wide variety of client-based sociological positions, including support group facilitator, mitigation expert/mediator, organizational consultant, program evaluator, or community group advocate. Clinical/applied sociological training can often include an internship for hands-on career preparation, helping people and organizations by applying one's sociological imagination.
In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Applied & Clinical sociology are required to take the following:
Diversity & Inequality Specialization
A specialization in diversity/inequality equips students with a heightened understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequalities, and with the high-demand ability to work with diverse populations. A diversity/inequality training in sociology prepares students for entering positions such as public relations specialist, human resources manager, case manager, program analyst, marketing/big data analyst, school counselor, military support specialist, or diversity trainer.
In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Diversity & Inequality are required to take the following courses: