What is Civic Engagement?
Civic engagement includes a critical examination of public issues combined with active participation in the community in an effort to create social change. Students who are civically engaged apply what they have learned and generate new knowledge across disciplines through research and scholarship. Through these partnerships, UCLA develops tomorrow's leaders for a diverse democracy.
About the Minor
The Civic Engagement minor is designed to provide students with a core analytical and theoretical framework for the development of a critical consciousness. It examines traditions of community building, governance, the use of civic resources, and the role of social critique and activism in our democracy, including explorations of key concepts such as praxis, social capital, and civil society. The minor can be paired with any major as an applied and active way of putting disciplinary tools to use. It is intended for highly motivated students of any ideological perspective who are committed to research on methods of vigorous public engagement.