The civic education and community leadership minor consists of 21 credit hours of course work designed to: 1) provide students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes leadership and community service; 2) build on the university’s service‑learning mission; and, 3) broaden campus efforts to build partnerships with local and state community organizations. The learning objectives associated with the minor include developing students’ knowledge and understanding of civic leadership and community engagement, communication and advocacy, management and organizational behavior, local and regional affairs, economic development, politics and governance, and social justice and social change.
Because interdisciplinary perspectives are necessary to solve most public policy problems, 12 different disciplines across the campus - anthropology, communication studies, economics, English, geography, history, management, philosophy, psychology, political science, social work and sociology - offer courses in the program. Students completing this minor will be assigned a faculty advisor from one of these departments.
For further information, interested students should contact the coordinator of the minor, Dr. George Serra, Director of the Department of Political Science’s Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership.