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The minor consists of a balanced program of fieldwork experience and supporting coursework that is selected with the advice and approval by the campus CIVCM minor coordinator.

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 a manner that integrates academic and creative development with democratic principles of contribution to the community and nation. 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 self assessment; and
  • is integrated with and supported by traditional, classroom-based coursework.

Fieldwork experiences are selected from a list of eligible courses (or approved comparable alternatives), and supporting coursework 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 reflection upon 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 minor coordinator AND apply in eLion.

Apply for the Civic and Community Engagement Minor in eLion during your junior year.

  1. Complete the first two pages of the CIVCM Application in MS Word. Then email the Word file to Dr. Lynn Hartle (lch1@psu.edu) and schedule an appointment to review the application.
  2. Must have declared a major field of study.
  3. Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  4. May apply no more than 9 credits toward the minor that also count toward the major. Past fieldwork experiences and completed courses may be retroactively included in the plan of study, but must be approved by the major adviser and the committee.

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

    This course list serves as a guide to the requirements. For more information, contact: 
    Dr. Hartle, 610-892-1492, lch1@psu.edu

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


    PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
    CIVCM 211(3)  or  CAS 222 (3)


    • Select 6-9 credits from the Penn State Brandywine list of approved civic engagement courses.
    • Select at least 3 credits of supervised field experience
    • Select at least an additional 3 credits of civic engagement capstone work at the 400-level in consultation with the minor coordinator.
    • Select at least an additional 3 credits of 400-level course work (may also count as field experience).

    *NOTE: The list of approved courses for the CIVCM minor varies across Penn State campuses.  A course approved by Penn State Brandywine may not satisfy a minor requirement at another campus or even at the same campus if taught by a different instructor.  Check with the campus committee to confirm past and future course offerings that satisfy the minor.