The Civic and Community Engagement Minor is a very exciting campus-wide program for students. Specifically, the minor operates as a supplement to students’ major. The minor’s purpose is to provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge and training in engagement at local, national, and international level. Overall, students in the minor program learn how to become active and responsible community members in the 21st century.
The requirements for the minor are fairly minimal, and often build on very exciting and interesting campus opportunities that many students already pursue. Specifically, the minor has two required courses: University Studies 10 and University Studies 100, an internship (many students’ majors have internships or field placement requirements that can count), and 4 electives. There is a long list of already-approved courses across the entire campus (here is a link to the minor: http://engage.due.uci.edu/), and some courses can count both for students’ majors and minors.
One of the required courses for the minor, UniStu 10, will be offered this winter, 2018. The course is an introduction to public scholarship, community engagement, social action and philanthropy. The minor has received a $50,000 donation, and students in the course will decide how to distribute the funds to community organizations. In other words, students don’t just learn about community engagement, non-profits, and social action, students directly participate in these activities. The US10 course code is 87630 if students are interested.