Civic Engagement Certificate


Civic Engagement Certificate

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Civic Engagement provides students with a well-rounded introduction to topics such as nonprofit organizations, public service, philanthropy, and community engagement. The certificate can be added to any major.

To complete the certificate, students enroll in 12 hours of coursework. Each class is three credit hours, so students can complete the certificate by taking a single course in each of their four years at NIU. Classroom instruction is supplemented by participation in a service-learning project that allows students the opportunity to work directly with a local nonprofit organization. This encourages students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations while preparing them for the challenges they will face after graduation.

Spring 2014 Courses

Downloadable Certificate Curriculum

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • CLCE 100 Introduction to CLCE
  • CLCE 410 Civic Engagement
  • ANTH 492 Proseminar in Anthropology

Elective Courses (3 hours)

  • ANTH 329 Anthropology and Contemporary World Politics
  • MGMT 311 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing
  • POLS 220 Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS 326 Nonprofit Managment or
    PSPA 326X Nonprofit Management
  • PSPA 301 Philanthropy & Volunteerism
  • PSPA 402 Resource Strategies for Nonprofits

Not all of the courses are offered in a timely manner. The following list includes courses that may serve as acceptable alternatives with CLCE advisor approval.

Alternative Courses

  • ANTH 220 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 426 Political Anthropology
  • CLCE 350 Community Organizations in a Digital World
  • CLCE 390 Special Topics in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • CLCE 429 International NGOs and Globalization
  • MGMT 333 Principles of Management
  • POLS 328 Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Development or
    PSPA 328X Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Development
  • SOCI 270 Social Problems
  • SOCI 375 Sociology of Organizations
  • SOCI 392 Organizing for Social Action