Undergraduate Study

Civic Engagement Minor

The Civic Engagement minor integrates local, state, and national internships with an academic context that enriches the valuable learning gained through meaningful work.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.7 or better, submit a completed application endorsed by a faculty sponsor, and submit a written statement describing how civic engagement relates to their academic interests or career goals. Applications are available in A265 Murphy Hall.

Students who complete the minor with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in their minor coursework, an overall GPA of 3.5, and Civic Engagement 198 for their capstone experience qualify for graduation with College Honors.

Required Core Courses (12 to 15 units): Civic Engagement M115 with a grade of B or better; one service learning course from American Indian Studies C122SL, Arts Education M192SL, Asian American Studies 140SL, Chicana and Chicano Studies 100SL, Civic Engagement 100SL, 105SL, 133SL, 163SL, Education 196C, Gender Studies 120SL, History M181SL, Honors Collegium 127, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 180SL, Science Education 100SL, Spanish M165SL, Statistics 140SL, 141SL, M171, Urban Planning 185SL, or World Arts and Cultures 177SL; and one elective course from the service learning options above or from African American Studies M167, M173, Asian American Studies M108, Chicana and Chicano Studies M122, M127, M128, M144, C179, Civic Engagement M122, 180, Economics M135, 137, Gender Studies M186B, Philosophy 150, C156, 157A, 157B, Political Science M105, 112A, Psychology 129C, 175, Public Policy 105, Sociology 143, 158, Urban Planning M122, M171, World Arts and Cultures 100A, 100B, 144, or 160. Students may petition the program chair to apply one lower-division service learning course or one upper-division service learning course not listed above toward the minor.

Required Upper-Division Internship Courses (12 to 14 units): Students must select from either local, state, or national internship locations as follows:

Local Los Angeles area internships span three consecutive terms at the same internship location. Students enroll in three consecutive terms of Civic Engagement 195CE. Placements are selected in consultation with the Center for Community Learning minor coordinator and are based on both student interest and faculty recommendations.

State internships span one term through participation in the University of California Center Sacramento (UCCS) program during fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. Students must enroll in a minimum of 14 units of upper-division courses to satisfy the internship requirement. Applications for the UCCS program are available on the UCCS website.

National internships span one term through participation in the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) program in Washington, DC. In the fall or spring quarter program, students enroll in History/Political Science/Sociology M191DC and M195DC; in the winter quarter program, students enroll in History/Political Science/Sociology M194DC and M195DC plus one 4-unit elective course. Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units of upper-division courses to satisfy the internship requirement. Applications for the CAPPP program are available on the CAPPP website.

Required upper-division Capstone Courses (6 units): Civic Engagement 194 with a grade of B or better, and 198 or 199. Prior to enrolling in course 198 or 199, students must complete Civic Engagement 194 and all other requirements for the minor, with the exception of the three-term local internship which may be completed concurrently with the capstone course.

The capstone experience for the minor requires an integrative final paper or project that incorporates the required curriculum and elective courses. Students complete the capstone experience under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and enroll in either Civic Engagement 198 or 199 in the final term of the minor. The faculty sponsor approves the proposed readings as well as the length and scope of the final paper or project based on guidelines developed by the faculty committee for the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.