Community Engagement Track

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Track Description

The Honors Community Engagement Track prepares students to be engaged community members. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to participate in civic life through the provision of service and assistance to their communities. 

Students graduating with Honors in Community Engagement will demonstrate the skills, disposition, and knowledge necessary to engage with community issues through an informed, participatory lens. 

 

Degree Pathways

Bachelor Degree

  • Twenty-four (24) units are required to earn Honors Scholar in Community Engagement.

    • At least 9 units must be academic credits in the honors track plan.

    • At least 6 units must be experiential units in the honors track plan.
  • Students must complete an Honors ePortfolio about their honors experience.

Associate Degree

  • Twelve (12) units are required to earn Honors Associate in Community Engagement.

    • At least 6 units must be academic credits in their honors track plan.

    • At least 3 units must be experiential units in their honors track plan. 

  • Students must complete an Honors ePortfolio about their honors experience.

 

The information below provides courses and activities that will count towards graduating with Honors in Community Engagement. You can also read all the information in a PDF document as well, if you prefer.

Academic Courses

Honors GER Courses:

Note: Maximum of 9 credits can be taken for Honors Credit; Specific sections offered changed every semester - consult with your advisor what is available before registering for courses.

Tier I Departments:

  • COMM - Communications
  • MATH - Math
  • WRTG - Writing

*Only Honors designated sections will count towards Honors GER credits. Check with your advisor before registering for courses.

Tier II Departments:

  • HIST - History
  • PSY - Psychology
  • URS - Undergraduate Research

*Only Honors designated sections will count towards Honors GER credits. Check with your advisor before registering for courses.

 

Community-Engaged or Service-Learning Courses:

  • CEL A292: Introduction to Civic Engagement (3 units)
  • CEL A395: Civic Engagement Internship (3-9 units)
  • Approved disciplinary course with service-learning component (3 units)
  • Approved Tier II GER course with service-learning component (3 units)
  • 499 Thesis (Community Engagement Focus, 3-6 units)

 
Community-Engaged Activities: Experiential Units

These activities WILL count for experiential units. To receive Honors Credit, students must consult with the faculty board for approval on all Community-Engaged Activities prior to starting the activity.

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Honors-eligible Activities for Experiential Units

  • Creative actvity exhibit or performance (3 units)
  • Community-Engaged Student Assistant (1-3 units/semester)
  • Develop and host community event (1-3 units/semester, max. 3 units)
  • Seawolf Peer Mentor (1 unit/year; max. 2 units)
  • 25 hours in-depth community volunteer experience (1 unit; max. 6 units)

 

Community-Engaged Activities: Non-Experiential Units

These activities will NOT count for experiential units. However, they will fill general units towards the completion of your 12 or 24 required units to graduate with Honors. To receive Honors Credit, students must consult with the faculty board for approval on all Community-Engaged Activities prior to starting the activity.

Honors-eligible Activities for General Units

  • Attendance at CCEL sponsored event (0.25 units; max. 1 unit)
  • 25 hours of community volunteer experience (1 unit; max. 3 units)
  • Seawolf Community Service Award Recipient (0.25 units)
  • Major Scholarship applicant, finalist, or recipient (2-3 units)

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Unique Community Engagement Experience

To help you customize your experience in the Honors College, every student is able to propose unique experiences related to your track, that you feel will provide educational benefits to increasing the breadth or depth of your college work and experiences. Note that you must consult with the Honors Board Faculty and receive formal approval prior to starting your unique experience.

  • ___________________ (0.5 - 3 units each)

 

Honors Story ePortfolio

All Honors students are required to submit an Honors ePortfolio as their culminating project. The ePortfolio should include materials and reflections from the courses and activities completed to earn Honors and a summative reflection about their Honors experience. Students are encouraged to consult with Track faculty and be creative in the presentation of their Honors story.


It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children's future.

Robert F. Kennedy

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