Civic Engagement, Minor

Sustainable Communities

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University Requirements
  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 - 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than fifty percent of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Fieldwork Experience/Internship is required.
Research Required

Purpose Statement

Students will acquire a broad education in democracy, power, and the skills that bring about change to enhance the commonwealth from the local level, to national and transnational scales through a series of intentional and sequenced learning experiences.  Experiential and leadership training will provide students with a deep and broad understanding of a career as a vocation, in which personal flourishing and broad public purposes are intertwined.  This will enhance students’ employability, vocational connections, and relationships, as well as their capacities to work in diverse, complex, and dynamic situations.  The minor enables students to participate in a transformative initiative in which the NAU community participates in numerous partnerships with surrounding communities in order to become better stewards and citizens. Students who complete this degree will acquire a broad education and real world experience in democratic action, empowerment, and build skills that bring about change on local, national, global levels.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Civic Engagement Minor, students will be able to:

  • Mentor peers and engage in collaborative leadership practices;
  • Implement strategies of community-based organizing, political action, social innovation, and/or advocacy;
  • Analyze and engage with structures of power and privilege that shape our world;
  • Understand and apply different theories of social change toward the collective creation and visioning of democratic, equitable, and resilient communities;
  • Think critically, as demonstrated by problem-based research, analysis, and communication of real-world issues;
  • Engage in diverse perspectives and traditions, attentive listening, and thoughtful communication.


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units with a Grade of "C" or better:

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.