President Roth reports on his blog that the faculty has approved a new certificate in Civic Engagement—“the culmination of more than a year’s effort to bring together service learning, community research and other courses at Wesleyan that link work on campus to participation in the public sphere.” The certificate will be open to the classes of 2013 and below. Here’s the proposal, as submitted to the Educational Policy Committee:
Civic engagement encompasses a wide range of activities in which individuals work to strengthen their communities, to realize common goods, to enhance the capacities and dispositions necessary for democratic self-rule, and in general to deliberately shape their common life…The Certificate is structured to provide an understanding of what civic engagement involves. …During their sophomore through senior years, CEC students will complete a series of structured academic and co-curricular activities including courses, volunteering, practicums and opportunities for reflection that will enable them to develop a broad understanding of the varied components of civic engagement.
“Wesleyan has long been known as a politically engaged institution,” adds Roth. “I am delighted that we have formally connected that reputation to interdisciplinary academic work.”
Roth’s full post is available here. For more information on the certificate itself, check out this Argus article from last February: New Certificate to Encourage Civic Engagement Among Students.