The Civic Engagement Minor is designed to prepare students to be thoughtful and informed citizens and servant-leaders. Through diverse interdisciplinary coursework, students develop knowledge of ethical principles, political systems, and social issues, an understanding of the different layers of social action (direct service, advocacy, public scholarship and policy, and activism), and the skills to engage in effective social change. Through coursework and community involvement, students achieve an increased awareness of and comfort with different communities and develop a commitment to civic engagement as part of their orientation to the larger world. Through a course in applied civic engagement, students gain direct experience working with a community organization, progressing from learning about social problems to actively working towards resolution.
Keeping with the mission of Cornell College to empower students to lead lives of humane service, the Civic Engagement Minor is an appropriate complement to any course of study.
The civic engagement minor includes six courses, distributed as follows:
- Three core courses in philosophy, politics, and sociology or anthropology
- One course in critical thinking/research methods
- One course concerned with efforts to address societal issues
- One course in applied civic engagement
Additionally, each student must complete a reflective essay detailing involvement in civic engagement inside and outside the classroom.
Cornell's minor in Civic Engagement builds on the college's long commitment to service-based education. The larger story of civic engagement at Cornell is told in a 2012 Cornell Report feature story.