Over the course of two - 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 and problems 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:
SOC 220: Social Issues & Problems in the Local Community
One additional course with the Service-Learning Designation (SL)
CES 302: Civic Engagement Scholars Seminar One (1 sh)
Participate in one service trip sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning (KCSL)
Complete 40 additional community service hours, either through KCSL and/or through other coursework
Attend at least one workshop sponsored by KCSL
Pathways to Civic Engagement Project (Capstone project & portfolio)
CES 402: Civic Engagement Scholars Seminar Two (1 sh)
The capstone project will be completed during a student’s last one - 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.
CES 302. Civic Engagement Scholars Seminar One 1sh
Focus of this seminar will be exploring various forms of civic engagement and what civic engagement means within the domain of the student’s disciplinary major(s) and/or minors. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: SOC 220 or permission of instructor
CES 402 Civic Engagement Scholars Seminar Two 1sh
Focus of this seminar is preparation and completion of the senior project and capstone portfolio. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: SOC 220 and CES 302.