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

What is the minor?

The Civic and Community Engagement Minor is an exciting interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to engage as citizens and community members in the 21st century. Students enrolled in the program will receive training on how to meaningfully improve individual, community, and societal outcomes. Open to all UCI students, the Civic and Community Engagement Minor serves as a supplement to students’ major expertise and offers a greater breadth of experiences for personal growth and public good. Additionally, the program is an exciting way to build connections, friendships, and collaborations with students and faculty from diverse disciplines across the entire UCI campus. 

The program consists of two tracks: the Leadership track and the Poverty track.  Students can choose which track interests them the most to participate in a greater range of hands-on experiences and opportunities. 

Who can enroll?

All undergraduate students are eligible to enroll in the Civic and Community Engagement Minor, regardless of major. Students who want to make a lasting difference at the local, national, or international level are especially encouraged to enroll.

What is required?

Students must take one core course, complete a four-unit internship, and take three to five elective courses depending on the track they declare. Various internships, field placements, and service learning courses offered across campus fulfill the program’s internship requirement. Students can petition to have other courses count for the elective requirements, so long as the course content is consistent with the goals of the Civic and Community Engagement Minor. Up to two courses from a student’s major can count towards the minor. 

Though not required, students are highly recommended to take Uni Stu 110 (Philanthropy in the Community), which counts as an elective course for both the Leadership and Poverty tracks. This course introduces the role of community engagement, social action, and philanthropy; examines theories and practices of philanthropy and strategies for social changes; and involves hand-on engagement with philanthropy in the form of students making decisions about the distribution of a real fund.

How do I find out more information?