Civic Studies Major
Civic Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on critical reflection, ethical thinking, and action for social change, within and between societies. People who think and act together to improve society must address problems of collective action (how to get members to work together) and deliberation (how to reason together about contested values). They must also:
- Understand how power is organized and how it operates within and between societies.
- Grapple with social conflict, violence, and other obstacles to peaceful cooperation.
- Consider questions of justice and fairness when social tensions arise.
- Confront questions about appropriate relationships to outsiders of all types.
- Examine alternative ethical, political, and theological frameworks to encourage comparative reflection about different ways in which people live together in society.
The requirements for the Civic Studies major are 11 courses distributed as follows:
- CVS 0020/PHIL 0020/PS 0020: Introduction to Civic Studies
- Thinking about Justice: Two approved courses in political theory, philosophy, or social theory devoted to normative questions about the nature and content of justice.
- Social Conflict, Inequality, and Violence: Two approved courses to enhance an empirical understanding of the historical, political, and social origins of conflict and violence.
- Civic Action and Social Movements: Two approved courses dealing with the historical, ethical, and social origins of organized movements for social change.
- Civic Skills: Two approved courses that focus on civic skills or civic practices, e.g., dialogue and deliberation, ethical reasoning, emotional intelligence, conflict-mediation and peacemaking, community-based research, communication and media-making, public art, community organizing, evaluating nonprofits, or financing social enterprises.
- CVS 099: A required internship. This includes a weekly 2.5 hour class with graded assignments and a final project.
- CVS 190: A capstone seminar taught by a CVS affiliated faculty member.
Total: 11 courses
Note that university policy restricts the number of courses to be shared between Civic Studies and another major to five.