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.