Civic Engagement Certificate

Open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in any school at Northwestern, the Civic Engagement Certificate Pro­gram increases students’ understanding of community needs and assets and fosters ongoing civic engagement by connecting community service experience with an academic component. Spanning five academic quarters, the two-year program requires a total of 5 units of coursework and 100 hours of community engagement.

Coursework includes:

Course Title
SESP 202-0Introduction to Community Development (taken in winter quarter of the first year of the program)
SESP 195-1
SESP 195-2
Community Engagement
and Community Engagement (taken in winter and spring of the first year)
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting (taken in fall of the second year)
2 independent study units:
SESP 299-1
SESP 299-2
Civic Engagement Capstone Research
and Certificate in Civic Engagement- Capstone Project (taken in winter and spring of the second year and leading to a capstone project completed in collaboration with a sponsoring organization.)

During the two years of the program, students complete at least 100 hours of meaningful community engagement.