• A street market in South London. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Students in a Qualitative Research Methods class and members of the APO Service Learning fraternity celebrate Halloween 2009 with children at the East Burlington Community Center. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Apple pressing in Cowee, NC 2008 as part of research conducting through PERCS. Photo credit Kirsten Rhodes.
  • NC potter Mark Hewitt with a clay coil for a large pot in Pittsboro, NC 2005. Photo credit Tom Mould.
  • A young woman getting her lip pierced at Kingpin Tattoo in Greensboro, NC 2002. Photo credit Lauren Vilis & Samiha Khanna.


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The PERCS Certificate program accesses current resources, courses and programs in order to provide students with clear pathways to mastering the skills necessary to conduct rigorous, ethical ethnographic fieldwork that culminates in a high-quality project. The program provides students with a valuable skill set relevant for graduate schools and employers, encourages deeper and more widely accessible engagement in undergraduate research, fosters integrative learning, and supports Elon’s commitment to engaged and experiential learning.

The primary goals of a PERCS Certificate are to provide students with an opportunity to develop and apply the skills necessary to conduct substantial and ethical ethnographic fieldwork and to formalize that skill set with a certificate with which graduate schools and employers can recognize the student’s achievement. 

To earn a PERCS Certificate, students are required to do all of the following:

  • Exhibit a clear understanding of ethnography and ethnographic methods
  • Apply a thorough understanding of ethnography in a substantive field experience
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of ethical inquiry
  • Produce an ethnographic project of high quality
  • Submit a written description and reflection of how these goals have been met

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the PERCS Certificate description and Application form. For more information, contact the PERCS Director.