What is Community and Civic Engagement?
Community and Civic Engagement is acting upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one’s communities. This includes a wide range of activities, including developing civic sensitivity, participation in building civil society, and benefiting the common good. Community and Civic Engagement encompasses the notions of global citizenship and interdependence. Through civic engagement, individuals—as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world—are empowered as agents of positive social change for a more democratic world. Community and Civic Engagement involves one or more of the following:
1. Learning from others, self, and environment to develop informed perspectives on social issues;
2. Recognizing and appreciating human diversity and commonality;
3. Behaving, and working through controversy, with civility;
4. Taking an active role in the political process;
5. Participating actively in public life, public problem solving, and community service;
6. Assuming leadership and membership roles in organizations;
7. Developing empathy, ethics, values, and sense of social responsibility;
8. Promoting social justice locally and globally.
Why Minor in Community and Civic Engagement?
Students who want to serve their communities and want to learn how to apply their academic disciplines in making contributions to the larger society will find the minor in community and civic engagement rewarding and worthwhile. The faculty teaching in the program themselves are committed to community and civic engagement and have designed classes that will provide context, skills, tools, and methods for understanding and addressing public issues. This is an interdisciplinary minor that offers each student an opportunity to complete at least one service-learning course that will place students in a community setting to apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom and to gain knowledge from community partners in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Whether your goal is to begin work immediately upon graduation or to pursue advanced study, the minor in community and civic engagement will provide you with experience and expertise that is not gained exclusively through reading texts and comprehending classroom lectures. The minor will call upon each student to reflect, evaluate, and act. It will encourage the development of leadership skills. Most importantly, it will connect students with other students and faculty who believe that engagement with the community in addressing public issues enriches one’s life and one’s understanding of the complexities of our global society.
We invite active student participation and will offer many opportunities for students to apply their knowledge. Examples include alternative spring break courses that take students to locations within or outside the state for intense study and work in the community; essay and You Tube contests that highlight views and accomplishments of students; fellowships for outstanding students; and service-learning opportunities that relate to classroom activities.
The Auburn Creed is the philosophical foundation for the Community and Civic Engagement minor:
THE AUBURN CREED
I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.
I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
-George Petrie (1945)
Requirements for the Community and Civic Engagement Minor:
- 15 credit hours with a minimum of 9 credits at the 3000-level or higher.
- 1 hour Capstone Course (required for Spring 2012 graduates and following): The Capstone requires students to draw upon the knowledge obtained throughout their coursework and to perform relevant service projects. Students MUST have completed 15 credits toward a Minor in Community and Civic Engagement prior to enrollment in this course. The one-hour credit given for the completion of the capstone does not apply to the published number of credit hours required for completion of the Minor in CCE.
- Students must take at least one course from each of the four CCE categories (Context; Public Issue; Public Skills, Tools, & Methods; and Service Learning). View a list of all CCE courses here.
- The additional course may be taken in any of the four categories.
- Courses taken in fulfillment of the College Core or for other majors and minors may not be counted toward the Community and Civic Engagement minor.
- To be given credit for completing the minor, your calculated GPA in the minor must be a minimum of 2.5.
To sign up for the Minor, fill out this form:
The form can be found here. This form will list the classes you plan on using for the minor. The faculty advisors (see Contact Information below) can help you choose courses that meet the requirements.
You may either fill out the form online, print it out, and submit it to a Community and Civic Engagement faculty advisor or print it out and have a Community and Faculty Advisor assist you in filling it out.
The completed form for the Community and Civic Engagement minor must be signed by one of the Community and Civic Engagement Faculty Advisors and the Academic Dean within your college.
In order to have the form signed by your college’s Academic Dean, most colleges require that you submit the form first to your college’s academic advisor, who will confirm that you have met all the requirements. The final signature on the form should be signed by the Academic Dean in your college. Please consult with your college advisor to determine if you should submit the form directly to the Academic Dean or through the college advisor.
For more information, please contact the Community and Civic Engagement faculty Advisors:
Dr. Giovanna Summerfield
Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
College of Liberal Arts
315A Tichenor Hall
Dr. Mark Wilson
Director of Civic Learning Initiatives
College of Liberal Arts
331 Tichenor Hall
Are you a faculty member interested in submitting a course for inclusion in the minor?
Last Updated: October 17, 2013