Civic Engagement Certificate

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.

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

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

Student Testimonials

Marcella 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 Green & Gold 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.

"I feel great having 2 diplomas!  My Education diploma and my Civic Engagement Certificate!"

"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."

"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."

"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."

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