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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

Students make a difference through Alternative Spring Break article thumbnailStudents make a difference through Alternative Spring BreakStudents recently participated in Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a week long service trip for participants to serve a community in need. ...
Give back to the community through Bring it Back to Normal article thumbnailGive back to the community through Bring it Back to NormalVolunteers will serve the residents of Normal by gardening, painting, washing windows, and completing other spring cleaning projects on Saturday, April 18. ...
Former Peace Corps volunteers speak on panel March 25 article thumbnailFormer Peace Corps volunteers speak on panel March 25Students and alumni from Illinois State’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development who recently served with the Peace Corps will speak at noon Wednesday, March 25, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. ...
Video: Students reflect on Alternative Breaks Ghana trip article thumbnailVideo: Students reflect on Alternative Breaks Ghana tripAll over the country and all over the world, Illinois State University students are making a difference on Alternative Breaks. Here's a closer look at one recent service trip to Ghana, Africa.  ...
Fraternities and sororities come together for March Madness article thumbnailFraternities and sororities come together for March MadnessEach year, Illinois State fraternities and sororities participate in a dance-off at March Madness, Chi Omega’s philanthropy event that supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  ...

Upcoming Events

Science at Play Presentation Event Registration
Thu, January 15, 2015 8:00 AM - Thu, April 2, 2015 4:30 PM See Event Description - Free-Registration is Required-Deadline 4/2/15

High School Research Symposium Call for Volunteers
Fri, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM - Fri, April 3, 2015 11:00 PM Redbird Arena (RBA) - NONE! Registration is required at the event website

F.L.A.M.E. General Assembly Meeting
Mon, April 6, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Rachel Cooper, Second Floor Lounge

Documentary: "Speaking in Tongues"
Mon, April 6, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Normal Theater - Free and open to the public

Civil Service Council Meeting
Tue, April 7, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Spotlight Room

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