With undergraduate class registration coming up in a few weeks, it’s a good time to think about adding a minor to your academic plate. The Center for Civic Engagement offers a minor in Civic Engagement that teaches us to be informed and active citizens in our communities, from Hofstra’s campus to the global community. As a CCE Fellow who has completed the Civic Engagement minor, it has opened my eyes to community issues that need attention. We all have more power to make a positive impact than we might believe.
Here are the top 5 reasons to complete a minor in Civic Engagement:
1) Learn about Your World. Part of civic engagement is being informed about the world we all share. Have you ever been concerned about an issue in your community, asked why it was happening, or wondered what the best steps are to change it? The Civic Engagement minor teaches the foundations of many issues society faces today, and that it is our responsibility to examine those issues on local, national, and international levels.
2) Flexible and Personalized. Class options for the minor cover a wide range of academic fields that can suit anyone’s interests and schedule. Journalism, sociology, sustainability, political science, global studies, and rhetoric are just a few of the subjects students in the minor have the option to study. There are over 100 courses that can fit into the minor, some of which you may have already taken!
3) Passionate Professors. Professors in fields related to civic engagement feel strongly about the ways they and their students can make a difference. It benefits students to learn from instructors in various fields who have experience collaborating with each other and community groups for positive change.
4) Complements any Major. The topics discussed in civic engagement classes affect all of us as community members, no matter what your major area of study is. Being an engaged citizen will prepare you for other fields in unexpected ways: knowledge of societal issues, conflict resolution, organizing groups of people, and implementing change are all useful skills in multiple areas of life.
5) Prepare Yourself as an Active Citizen. The background knowledge and skills for action that you learn in the Civic Engagement minor are great stepping stones to get involved outside the classroom. The CCE provides other opportunities to use that experience by becoming a volunteer, intern, or fellow on and off-campus.
For information about specific requirements for the minor, please visit the Civic Engagement Minor Webpage on CCE’s main website.
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