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What is Civic Engagement?
Civic Engagement develops your awareness of social issues through active participation and service-learning in your community.
Why should I minor in Civic Engagement? What’s in it for me?
- As a student, you will develop leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and professional development skills to be successful in a wide array of industries.
- More and more companies are placing high importance on corporate responsibility to help their businesses grow and sustain.
- With a Minor in Civic Engagement, you become more marketable in the workplace, setting yourself apart from your peers.
- The program enables you to be a well-rounded applicant who can think critically and solve real-world problems.
About the Minor
The Minor in Civic Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that examines strategies for social change. It allows students to critically think of their role in advancing a diverse democracy through sustained community engagement and active participation. This minor can be combined with any major.
- Required Courses (6 credit hours)
PAD 2073 – Foundations of Civic Engagement
PAD 3073 – Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
Students must complete 12 hours of electives.
- Two approved Diversity of Communities courses highlighting culture and environment (6 credit hours)
- Two Civic Infrastructure courses focusing on institutions, structures, and systems that affect our community (6 credit hours)
Courses that apply include courses in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Political Science, Communications, Marketing, Sociology, Geography, and so much more!
Read the examples below of how civic engagement applies in other disciplines.
Civic Engagement in Engineering
Some universities are requiring engineers to have a civic engagement experience. This allows them to work with the community and develop an understanding of the civic bodies who oversee projects that impact the public. For example, while working on an engineering project for Sanborn County Park in California, engineering students of Santa Clara University were able to apply their knowledge of civic engagement principles, which gave them an understanding of the environmental impact in the community to help save a dying pond.
Civic Engagement in Business
Spectrum Cable is working inside the community to bridge the digital divide and improve digital literacy for underserved communities. Many low-income residents who live in public housing do not have access to broadband internet. Spectrum is training individuals to use technology to help them meet their financial and economic goals. The San Antonio Housing Authority and the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio are working hard to achieve this goal as well.
Civic Engagement in Architecture
Civic participation is one aspect of the city’s health. Design strategies can build civic engagement by translating into actionable designs for neighborhoods and buildings. The Concordia project team in Alexandria, Virginia designed and led a community engagement process aimed at strengthening the relationship between municipal government and the City’s residents. Concordia held a series of public meetings to ask residents to envision and design the process through which the City should engage its citizens. The focus of the project was aimed to strengthen and nurture the relationship between the City and the community.
- Residents who feel connected to the places they live are more likely to participate in local politics and identify with a civic mission.
- No matter what profession you choose, you can improve the quality of lives and the health of the community.
- You develop partnerships with organizations to build pathways of success for underserved populations through service-learning opportunities.
- You develop connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities.
- You enjoy stronger relationships with faculty and a greater satisfaction with college.
- You have the ability to apply what you have learned in “the real world.”
- You gain improved social responsibility and citizenship skills.