Civic Engagement

Steve Grande, coordinator
Bruce Dorries

The Leadership Studies minor with an emphasis on Community and Social Change is for motivated students in any field who are interested in social action and increasing their sense that individual intervention in community action is possible and consequential. The minor offers practical, analytical, and theoretical tools for leading and serving others to improve the quality of life of our communities from local to international.

Minor in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Community and Social Change
Please see Leadership Studies, Community and Social Change

Note: the Minor in Civic Engagement has been replaced by the Minor in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Community and Social Change.

Civic Engagement Course Descriptions

102 The Reflective Self in Community (1 s.h.) (C)
Students will intentionally link a 1–4 credit course to a 25 hour community involvement project. Reflective activities, journals, reading and conversations will facilitate increased understanding of community membership, related societal issues, and the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of those offering and receiving service. Students must submit an approved Community Involvement Contract which identifies the course in which the credit will be attached (e.g. ECON 215).

255 Assisting Local Food Programs (3 s.h.) (C)
Students complete 30 hours of service-learning with local food programs such as the Food Bank and other food assistance providers throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Students will participate, reflect, and critically examine course content and service-learning experiences to better understand current issues related to food insecurity.

281 Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurism (3 s.h.)
By developing leadership and business skills, as well as nurturing compassion and a willingness to work for social, economic and environmental justice, this course empowers students with a few of the tools to manage organizations that serve others, provide jobs, build local wealth, and contribute broadly to economic and community development.

287 Civic Engagement Internship (1–3 s.h.) (C)
Students completing a Civic Engagement internship are challenged to consider, reflect and share insights about complex community issues. Depending on the internship placement, students will be acting and reflecting on such problems as environmental degradation, social injustice, poverty, or race and gender inequities. Students will develop an increased sense of responsibility for the larger community, empathy with members of a specific population, community-based research skills, greater understanding of public policy, and/or the ability to connect a major or minor with community needs and development of public policy.