Civic and Community Engagement Minor

Our students gave away $70,000 to local nonprofits this year and performed more than 2000 hours of service!

Do you want a chance to make that kind of difference?

Enroll in US10: Introduction to Civic and Community Engagement. You will learn about engagement as well as philanthropy and get hands-on experience with giving away resources to groups who need them. Email the faculty director for more information:

Student group “Anteaters Are Better Together” make PB&J sandwiches in the effort to help eliminate hunger. Chris Nugent/UCI


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"I have really enjoyed minoring in Civic and Community Engagement because not only have we been able to learn about all the steps involved in community research, we are also able to get hands-on experience working with local communities to try to diagnose local problems. Going through the challenges of the research cycle and working with local communities has been a greater learning experience than any amount of studying could have been.” -Amir Jaberi, Biological Sciences and Pre-Med, 2017

June 29, 2016

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The minor in Civic and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to engage as citizens and active community members in the 21st century. The minor is distinguished both by what students learn, and by how they learn it.

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Teaching and learning. The minor introduces students from majors across the campus to the traditions and public movements of service and their historical and contemporary philosophical underpinnings. The minor provides a theoretical and empirical framework to increase students’ understanding of public problems (environmental, social, and other) from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Research. The minor increases students’ knowledge of the epistemological and methodological underpinnings of community-based research as a strategy for understanding and addressing public problems.

Service. The minor helps students to ground their understanding of public problems by participating in service-learning opportunities and by reflecting critically on those experiences.

The minor is open to all UCI students. Course descriptions and requirements are available in the UCI Catalogue. The minor involves 2 core courses, 4 elective courses, and an internship. If you think an elective course you are taking fits the general goals of the minor, please email the director with a copy of the syllabus and your undergraduate counselor’s name and email. Similarly, if you are doing internship work, for at least 100 hours of service learning, even if its not a total of 8 units, please let us know. We are happy to approve electives and internships not currently on the list by petition. Students must complete at least four of the required courses for the minor physically at UCI. A maximum of two courses for the minor may overlap with courses required for a student’s major or for another minor.

A warm welcome to everyone who has come to this website.

I look forward to working with you all and expanding or cementing our fantastic collaborations.


Jodi Quas

Faculty Director, Minor in Civic and Community Engagement
Professor, Psychology & Social Behavior


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Dr. Jodi Quas
Faculty Director, Minor in Civic and Community Engagement

Twitter: @ucicce

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