Over the course of two or three years (depending on how a student organizes her/his schedule) students participate in course work, service-learning, seminars, service trips, and workshops that will engage them in understanding the needs of the local community and how to respond to these needs. Toward this end, students will serve in, study, and develop genuine partnerships with local community agencies over the course of their time in the program. The program will culminate in the students exploring multiple pathways (e.g., service, policy, public awareness/community education, and innovation/social entrepreneurship) through which they can make their own contribution to the local community in response to identified community needs.
The curricular structure is summarized in the following:
Participate in one Alternative Break trip sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. Visit their website for more information.
Complete 40 additional service hours, either through the Kernodle Center or through other coursework
Attend at least one workshop sponsored by the Kernodle Center.
CES 402: Civic Engagement Scholars Seminar Two (1 sh)
The capstone project will be completed during a student’s last one-to-two semesters in the program. The project will involve developing an electronic portfolio that features key components that illustrate significant learning along the student’s journey. These components include: (1) a product from CES 302 that illustrates/explains what civic engagement means within the domain of the student’s major; (2) evidence to substantiate participation in each of the co-curricular requirements; and (3) a final project completed in conjunction with CES 402, exploring some of the multiple pathways of civic engagement (e.g., service, policy, public awareness/community education, and innovation/social entrepreneurship). The portfolio will document the student’s learning process, discoveries and the product of the student’s chosen pathway(s).
The following courses are required of students admitted to the Civic Engagement Scholars program.
SOC 220. Social Issues & Problems in the Local Community 4sh
Students investigate social issues and problems in our local community (i.e., the Elon/Burlington area, Alamance County, and even North Carolina as a whole) and use an interdisciplinary framework, heavily grounded in sociological theory and analysis, to discover the interconnections between local, national and global problems. Study focuses on causes, consequences, and policies concerning such problems as poverty and racism and issues pertaining to institutions such as family, economy, government, medicine, religion and others. This course is a service-learning course.