UAA's Certificate in Civic Engagement prepares students to become active, effective, ethical citizens in their professional and personal lives. Students develop practical skills to link their learning to community involvement through service-learning experiences, internships, community-based research, and creative activities. This program highlights scholarly, community-based engagement in students' major coursework while making connections to academic, personal and civic development of skills and competencies.

 

 

Fall Semester 2015

  1. Civic Engagement & Learning (CEL)

  2. Course Number Course Name Credits
  3. A292 *Intro to Civic Engagement 3.0
    1. Days Time Location Instructor Open Seats
    2.   T     05:30PM-8:15PM
      ESH 206
      Liston, A 8

      CRN: 70709
      Section: 602
      Date Range: 08/24-12/12

      Introduces students to types of civic engagement in a democracy, practices of engagement and inquiry, and public issues of ethics, environmental sustainability, community building and human and civil rights through readings, reflections and community inquiry.

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    3.  M W    11:30AM-12:45PM
      ESH 210
      Liston, A 3

      CRN: 70710
      Section: 603
      Date Range: 08/24-12/12

      Introduces students to types of civic engagement in a democracy, practices of engagement and inquiry, and public issues of ethics, environmental sustainability, community building and human and civil rights through readings, reflections and community inquiry.

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    Introduces students to types of civic engagement in a democracy, practices of engagement and inquiry, and public issues of ethics, environmental sustainability, community building and human and civil rights through readings, reflections and community inquiry.

  4. A392 Community Inquiry & Action 3.0
    1. Days Time Location Instructor Open Seats
    2.     R   04:00PM-6:45PM
      SSB 223
      Owens-Manley, J 7

      CRN: 79134
      Section: 601
      Date Range: 08/24-12/12

      Examines concepts of community leadership and principles of practice for healthy communities. Community- based research and civic-minded engagement practices are addressed through action research.

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    Examines concepts of community leadership and principles of practice for healthy communities. Community- based research and civic-minded engagement practices are addressed through action research.

  5. A395 Civic Engagement Internship 3.0
    1. Days Time Location Instructor Open Seats
    2.        
      ARR
      Owens-Manley, J 9

      CRN: 70711
      Section: 601
      Date Range: 08/24-12/12

      Internship in which student gains intensive experience applying principles of civic engagement and major-disciplinary knowledge and skills to a community-identified problem. Students are encouraged to do their internships in rural Alaskan or international communities.
      Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and instructor approval.

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    Internship in which student gains intensive experience applying principles of civic engagement and major-disciplinary knowledge and skills to a community-identified problem. Students are encouraged to do their internships in rural Alaskan or international communities.
    Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and instructor approval.

* - Course meets a GER requirement

 

Students who earn the Certificate in Civic Engagement will achieve the outcomes of their majors and will be able to:

  • Demonstrate democratic skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and negotiation, necessary for addressing public problems at multiple levels
  • Articulate public uses of their education and civic engagement
  • Synthesize civic imagination and the abilities and needs of individuals, groups, and communities into a vision for the future
  • Compose personal roles and ethical standards for participation in a diverse, global community

Requirements and Courses

Student Planner for Certificate

Certificate Graduation Requirements

Certificate Courses
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The Certificate appears on student transcripts and attest to the students' engagement in campus and community life. Future employers value the broad civic perspective and practical skills and knowledge of Certificate graduates.


Marcella DentMarcella Dent, one of the first Civic Engagement Certificate graduates and UAA Heifer International Club founders, had this to say about her civic engagement experience in a recent article:

"Whether it's through Heifer In Alaska or my job at the Consulate of Canada, I want to give back to UAA and the CCEL for the many opportunities I was given," she says.

Read the full article in the Green & Gold news.

Additional Student Testimonials

"Earning a Certificate in Civic Engagement was a wonderful opportunity on learning the needs of a community first-hand. The academic structure of the curriculum gave me a fuller understanding of the community issues and developed a greater sensitivity and awareness of the multifaceted and complexities that affect the Anchorage communities."

"The value I have gained from participating in the Civic Engagement Certificate program includes going beyond just a piece of paper. They have included experiences in personal development and have allowed me to gain a more well-rounded perspective particularly when it comes to my community. Participation exposed me to experiences that most students do not get to include, engagement with faculty and invitations to special student events. As far as my diploma goes, the certificate only adds to my bachelor's degree accomplishments by showing future employers that I have branched outside of my main focus of study in order to learn how I can apply my university education in the real world."

"Civic engagement, both through the CCEL and my debate program, was one of the most influential outcomes of my academic career. Sharing my knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm with others have become a second nature. This has garnered the attention of academic programs, as I have taken home civic engagement awards and leadership fellowships for my community involvement. I can confidently say that civic engagement transformed my experience at CCEL."

 


Certificate Faculty Committee

Judith Owens-Manley
Associate Professor, Center for Community Engagement & Learning
907-786-4087
afjo@uaa.alaska.edu

Tracey Burke
Associate Professor, College of Health
907-786-6905
aftkb1@uaa.alaska.edu

Shannon Donovan
Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Science
907-786-6052
afsmd@uaa.alaska.edu

Rhonda Johnson
Associate Professor, College of Health
907-786-6545
afdbh1@uaa.alaska.edu

Diane Hirshberg
Associate Professor, ISER
907-786-5413
Rhonda.Johnson@uaa.alaska.edu

Hilary Seitz
Associate Professor, College of Education
907-786-4872
hilary@uaa.alaska.edu

Tara Smith
Associate Professor, Community & Technical College
907-786-6873
aftms@uaa.alaska.edu

Deborah Periman
Associate Professor, College of Health
907-786-1125
afdkp@uaa.alaska.edu