MAKE A DIFFERENCE | BECOME A LEADER | STRENGTHEN SOCIETY | SHAPE YOUR COMMUNITY’S FUTURE
Civic Engagement develops your awareness of social issues through active participation and service-learning in your community.
The Minor in Civic Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that examines strategies for social change. It allows students to critically think of their role in advancing a diverse democracy through sustained community engagement and active participation. This minor can be combined with any major.
“As a future physician, I aim to work with populations in need. I plan to go into healthcare policy, and the courses for the Minor in Civic Engagement have allowed me to gain some of the advocacy, policy, administration, and communication skills necessary for that career. I aim to use the skills that I have learned to lead sustainable and long-lasting community improvement, especially for global communities in need.”
Bachelor of Science, Biology
UTSA Top Scholar
Class of 2019
“One of my career goals is to go into educational research, and it was valuable to work with students and hear about their school experiences. I will have to understand school politics and the policy implications of my research.” “Practicing different leadership and communication skills as a session facilitator will benefit me as I eventually shift my career focus from education research into local policymaking.”
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
UTSA Top Scholar
Class of 2019
PAD 2073 – Foundations of Civic Engagement
PAD 3073 – Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
Electives: Students must complete 12 hours of electives.
Courses that apply include courses in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Political Science, Communications, Marketing, Sociology, Geography, and so much more!
Read the examples below of how civic engagement applies in other disciplines.
Civic Engagement in Engineering
Some universities are requiring engineers to have a civic engagement experience. This allows them to work with the community and develop an understanding of the civic bodies who oversee projects that impact the public. For example, while working on an engineering project for Sanborn County Park in California, engineering students of Santa Clara University were able to apply their knowledge of civic engagement principles, which gave them an understanding of the environmental impact in the community to help save a dying pond.
Civic Engagement in Business
Spectrum Cable is working inside the community to bridge the digital divide and improve digital literacy for underserved communities. Many low-income residents who live in public housing do not have access to broadband internet. Spectrum is training individuals to use technology to help them meet their financial and economic goals. The San Antonio Housing Authority and the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio are working hard to achieve this goal as well.
Civic Engagement in Architecture
Civic participation is one aspect of the city’s health. Design strategies can build civic engagement by translating into actionable designs for neighborhoods and buildings. The Concordia project team in Alexandria, Virginia designed and led a community engagement process aimed at strengthening the relationship between municipal government and the City’s residents. Concordia held a series of public meetings to ask residents to envision and design the process through which the City should engage its citizens. The focus of the project was aimed to strengthen and nurture the relationship between the City and the community.