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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Note: the Minor in Civic Engagement has been replaced by the Minor in Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Community and Social Change.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 115).

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.