Urban Civic Education, Minor


Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education

Urban Civic Education Minor Requirements

The Urban Civic Education Minor (15-units) prepares students to become leaders of civic engagement working to address community issues. This interdisciplinary minor is available to all students in any academic discipline and is an excellent complement for students pursuing careers in education, psychology, criminal justice, social services, international affairs, and community advocacy. Through an emphasis on service-learning pedagogy, the program has been developed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of diverse urban cultural communities, issues facing these communities, and cultural and community influences on urban children's education. Students will actively engage in service-learning experiences to support community organizations in diverse urban contexts. Students will also implement projects with local K-12 school districts in order to learn how service-learning can serve as an instructional method to impact children's academic achievement and civic engagement. Such knowledge and skills are essential for students to become leaders who are able to transform our region and society as a whole.

Core Faculty
Steven Hart, Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education, Coordinator
James Mullooly, Anthropology
Matthew Jendian, Sociology/Humanics
Chris Fiorentino, Richter Center

Affiliated Faculty
Janell Morillo, Liberal Studies Coordinator
Meta L. Schettler, Africana Studies Program
Xinchun Wang, Linguistics

Requirements for the Minor

A total of 15 units, which will include the following:

  1. COMS 1. Community Service-Learning (3 units)
  2. LEE 144S. Service-Learning Pedagogy and Practice (3 units) LEE 180T (Literacy and Service Learning)
  3. 3-6 units from Area I: Diverse Families and Communities
  4. 3-6 units from Area 2: Educational Issues
  5. The minor also requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and six upper-division units in residence.
  6. Courses also can fulfill General Education requirements as appropriate.


AREA I Diverse Families and Communities: AFRS 104W; CFS 133S; CFS 134; ASAM 110; CLAS 3; CLAS 120; SWRK 128; SWRK 137; SOC 130WS; SOC 144

AREA II Educational Issues: ANTH 111; CFS 141; COMM 114; LING 141; LING 147; SOC 148; SPED 120; SPED 121

Advising Notes

Students must consult with an advisor to plan the minor. The advisor and minor coordinator must approve the minor program before it can be filed with the Degree Advising Office and recorded on the transcript.

  1. Complete an Urban Civic Education Minor advising sheet with an advisor for selection of courses.
  2. Courses in a major cannot be applied toward a minor unless designated as additional requirements.
  3. A minor may be earned only at the time a student earns the first baccalaureate degree.



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