Civic and Community Engagement Minor

University of California, Irvine

Date Posted: Jan. 14, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The minor in Civic and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to engage as citizens and active community members in the 21st century. The minor is distinguished by what students learn, and by how they learn it.

Teaching and learning. The minor introduces students from majors across the campus to the traditions and public movements of service and their historical and contemporary philosophical underpinnings. The minor provides a theoretical and empirical framework to increase students’ understanding of public problems (environmental, social, and other) from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students learn about strategies to address public problems, including through public policy; the involvement of community-based and nonprofit organizations; and the cultivation of leadership. The minor helps students build on their major programs of study to make connections between public problems and issues of equity and social justice.

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