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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Civic and Community Engagement Minor

College of the Liberal Arts (CIVCM)

University Park - Rosa Eberly, (Coordinator of the program)
Penn State Abington - Gary Calore,
Penn State Brandywine - Lynn Hartle,
Penn State Erie - Dawn Blasko,
Penn State Greater Allegheny - Michael Vicaro,
Penn State Beaver - JoAnn Chirico,
Penn State Lehigh Valley - Mary Hutchinson,

Penn State Schuylkill - Elinor Madigan,
Penn State Mont Alto - Jacqueline Schwab,
Penn State Berks - Laurie Grobman,

Administered by a program faculty drawn from across the University, the Intercollege Minor in Civic and Community Engagement is appropriate to undergraduate students seeking to apply domains of knowledge from their majors or General Education programs to issues of consequence beyond the classroom. In the minor students integrate democratic, professional, and creative development. In particular, the minor serves to encourage, recognize, and systematize student participation in public service or problem-based fieldwork and research that:

  • is substantial, sustained, and includes structured opportunities for student reflection and critical assessment; and
  • is integrated with and supported by traditional, classroom-based course work.

Specifically, the minor consists of a balanced program of fieldwork experience and supporting course work that is selected with the advice and consent of a minor adviser and approved on behalf of the minor by a program faculty. Fieldwork experiences are selected from a list of eligible courses (or approved comparable alternatives), and supporting course work includes a conceptual foundations course that provides students with a critical orientation to contemporary issues and themes in public scholarship. The minor culminates with an approved capstone project, which may be a significant paper, or annotated portfolio, or other demonstration of substantial assessment and integration of the minor experience and the broader issue of application of academic theory and practice in the civic community.

The Civic and Community Engagement Minor Committee is authorized to award a minor certificate to any undergraduate who, in addition to satisfying the degree requirements of his or her baccalaureate major, satisfies the requirements for the Civic and Community Engagement Minor. The completion of the minor is reflected by a formal notation of the student's official record at the time of graduation. To enter the program, a student must submit an application to the committee. Applicants to the minor in Civic and Community Engagement:

  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Must present a proposed plan of study in the application process. The plan of study should include student's contact information and GPA, a brief statement of student's learning objectives in connection with the major or other proposed curricular concentration, such as minor or general education, proposed supporting courses (include description of course and syllabus if available), proposed fieldwork courses (include information about fieldwork, supervision, and reflection and assessment), and minor adviser endorsement of the plan. Minor proposals must be approved by the student's minor adviser and the committee.
  • May apply no more than 9 credits toward the minor that also count toward the major. Students with multiple majors may have some additional flexibility. Past fieldwork experiences and completed courses may be retroactively included in the plan of study, but must be approved by the minor adviser and the committee.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


CIVCM 211 GS(3) (Sem: 5)

at least 6 credits must be taken at the 400 level
Select 6-9 credits from Program List of public scholarship courses, of which at least 3 credits involve supervised field experience and of which 3-6 credits are public issues and democracy courses, or equivalents chosen in consultation with minor adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3-6 credits in related areas in consultation with minor adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of public scholarship capstone work at the 400 level in consultation with minor adviser (Sem: 7-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-04-233

Review Date: 1/16/07



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