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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement at Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Academic Programs

Minor in Civic Engagement

This 21 hour minor is intended to prepare students to actively engage in their citizenship. The interdisciplinary minor is open to all students of any ideological viewpoint and can be positively matched with any major as a way to broaden the student's learning experience and career perspectives.

Peace Corps Fellows

Since 1994, the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Illinois State University has enhanced the skills of returned Peace Corps Volunteers who become the new generation of development specialists. Peace Corps Fellows may pursue Master’s degrees with the following plans of study, Applied Economics, Applied Community & Economic Development Sequence; Political Science, Applied Community Development Sequence or Sociology, Applied Community & Economic Development Sequence. Fellows complete one calendar year of full-time coursework and 11 months of full-time, hands-on professional practice with communities or organizations needing their skills

MFA in Theatre/Acting with focus on Classical Acting and Civic Engagement.

Targeting a specific kind of actor for our MFA program: one who has a dual interest in classical training and civic engagement.

Ethnic Studies minor

This minor examines how social categories like race, indigeneity, culture, ethnicity, and nation are conceptualized. The program at Illinois State allows participants to examine regional, national, and global dimensions of these experiences. In particular, students take courses focusing on the history and contemporary dynamics of both the United States itself and of the countries outside of Europe (including the First Nations of the Americas) from which significant parts of our populations have emigrated or originated.

Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline

The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline is a boutique program provided by Illinois State University. With generous support from the US Department of Education, students starting as early as 7th grade can enter the pipeline to become a teacher for Chicago Public Schools.

Urban Studies

This minor offers the opportunity to learn about urban places primarily from a social-science perspective, although the sequence will also benefit those with majors in the arts and humanities, business, social services, and other fields. This sequence will be useful especially to those who envision pursuing careers in urban-related fields within public administration, planning, preservation, public history, community development, and social services or to those who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas.


American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project at Illinois State is a cooperative effort by students, faculty, staff, and administration. American Democracy Project embraces all organized activities designed to promote constructive civic engagement on the part of undergraduates while they are on campus, and after they graduate. Building on a wide variety of such activity already occurring at Illinois State, the American Democracy Project is designed to serve as a catalyst for programmatic changes that will ensure all Illinois State students are fully prepared to assume a responsible role as contributors to civic society.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

The Center for Teaching and Learning help faculty and staff incorporates many aspects of civic engagement into their classrooms. Community Engagement Learning Grant Program is intended to support incorporating the principles and goals of ISU’s core value of civic engagement into students’ curricular experiences. Classroom/Community Interaction Workshops teaches how to utilize civic engagement to enhance courses and excite students. Teaching-Learning Communities (TLCs) are small groups of faculty (5-12 members) who meet regularly each semester to discuss specific topics of shared interest or to meet the needs of specific groups.

Dean of Students

Through a variety of services, solutions, and support, the Dean of Students Office helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life practice. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a student support network to encourage civic engagement outside of the classroom.

News & Events

Latest News

Education RSO to host free social justice conference, October 17 article thumbnailEducation RSO to host free social justice conference, October 17Urban Needs In Teacher Education (UNITE) invites all Illinois State students and alumni to register for its free conference Social Justice for Change: A Platform for Change, to be held 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, October 17, in Schroeder Hall. ...
Take Back the Night October 26 article thumbnailTake Back the Night October 26The annual Take Back the Night Rally will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, October 26, in the Bone Student Center, Old Main Room.  ...
Peace Corps volunteer Calvin LeSueur: There is no hurry article thumbnailPeace Corps volunteer Calvin LeSueur: There is no hurryCalvin LeSueur, a Master’s International graduate student in applied economics with the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, has been serving in Paraguay with the Peace Corps for more than a year.  ...
Alternative Breaks applications now available article thumbnailAlternative Breaks applications now availableApplications are available through October 9 for Alternative Spring Break.  ...
Master’s International student begins Peace Corps service in Mozambique article thumbnailMaster’s International student begins Peace Corps service in MozambiqueMaster's International student Courtney Johnson just arrived in Mozambique to begin training as a secondary education English teacher with Peace Corps. ...

Upcoming Events

In Conversation: Art Exhibition
Mon, August 31, 2015 9:00 AM - Fri, October 16, 2015 4:30 PM Rachel Cooper, 237 - Free and open to the public

Physics Colloquium Series: Prof. Tami Bond
Tue, October 13, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Moulton Hall (MLT), 214 - Free and open to the public

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party
Tue, October 13, 2015 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Schroeder Hall (SCH), 244

International Seminar Series: Global Attitudes: Self-Reflexive Learning
Wed, October 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Prairie Room Center

Study Abroad First Steps Session
Wed, October 14, 2015 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM Schroeder Hall (SCH), 204 - Event is free to the public

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