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Civic Engagement Minor

Program Overview

The Civic Engagement minor consists of 20 required credits. The minor combines civic theory, issues and skills to prepare students for more effective civic leadership and action.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Know and understand multiple perspectives on the role of citizens and civic engagement in a democratic society
  • Know the variety of forms of civic engagement and have the ability to assess the efficacy of different approaches and strategies
  • Know critical social, cultural, political and historical dynamics that underlie the practice of civic engagement from a US and/or global perspective
  • Know and understand at least one specific issue area or context in which civic engagement takes place and/or increase development of at least one set of civic engagement skills
  • Be able to integrate theory and experience
  • Reflect on the role of civic engagement in one's life

Requirements (20 credits)

  • IDST 310 Principles of Civic Engagement (4 credits)
    The course will be a foundation course with rigorous civic and community engagement components. A goal of this course is to help prepare students for a lifetime of responsible citizenship and civic engagement.
  • Civic Engagement Capstone (4 credits)
    The capstone will be a final reflective seminar which integrates academic theories and concepts with issues and skills within the field of civic engagement. Pre-requisites for the Capstone: Students must have completed the Principles of Civic Engagement course, in addition to eight credits in the Civic Engagement minor.
  • Civic Skills and/or Issues-based courses (8 credits)
    These courses, offered in many discipline areas, address skills and issues related to civic engagement.
  • Theory-based course (4 credits)
    These courses introduce students to the theories that underlie productive civic engagement.

Earning the Civic Engagement Minor

To be admitted to the Civic Engagement minor, students must meet with the minor advisor and complete a minor declaration form. The advisor orients students to the minor and provides consultation throughout the program. All of the minor courses should be taken at the Metropolitan State University, and approved by the minor advisor. The College of Individualized Studies notifies students' academic advisors when the minor is complete. The minor is recorded on students' transcripts.




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