Civic and Community Engagement Minor

Do you want to give away $50,000 to non-profits doing work you believe in? Enroll in US10: Introduction to Civic and Community Engagement. You will learn about engagement as well as philanthropy and get hands-on experience with giving away resources to groups who need them. Email the faculty director for more information:

Student group “Anteaters Are Better Together” make PB&J sandwiches in the effort to help eliminate hunger. Chris Nugent/UCI


"The Civic and Community Engagement Minor is a must if you want are interested in community-based work and want hands-on skills and experience in this field. You will have opportunities to connect on a personal level with faculty members or other professionals who have experience working with communities and under their mentorship, conduct a community based research project . There will also be other opportunities, such as an internship and service learning project. Furthermore, it is fairly easy to fulfill the elective requirements due to the broad variety of options. I would recommend this minor.” - Heeyeon Lee, Public Health Policy, 2017

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The minor in Civic and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to engage as citizens and active community members in the 21st century. The minor is distinguished both by what students learn, and by how they learn it.

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Teaching and learning. The minor introduces students from majors across the campus to the traditions and public movements of service and their historical and contemporary philosophical underpinnings. The minor provides a theoretical and empirical framework to increase students’ understanding of public problems (environmental, social, and other) from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

Research. The minor increases students’ knowledge of the epistemological and methodological underpinnings of community-based research as a strategy for understanding and addressing public problems.

Service. The minor helps students to ground their understanding of public problems by participating in service-learning opportunities and by reflecting critically on those experiences.

The minor is open to all UCI students. Course descriptions and requirements are available in the UCI Catalogue. The minor involves 2 core courses, 4 elective courses, and an internship. If you think an elective course you are taking fits the general goals of the minor, please email the director with a copy of the syllabus and your undergraduate counselor’s name and email. Similarly, if you are doing internship work, for at least 100 hours of service learning, even if its not a total of 8 units, please let us know. We are happy to approve electives and internships not currently on the list by petition. Students must complete at least four of the required courses for the minor physically at UCI. A maximum of two courses for the minor may overlap with courses required for a student’s major or for another minor.

A warm welcome to everyone who has come to this website.

I look forward to working with you all and expanding or cementing our fantastic collaborations.


Gillian R. Hayes

Faculty Director, Minor in Civic and Community Engagement
Kleist Professor in Informatics


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Dr. Gillian R. Hayes
Faculty Director, Minor in Civic and Community Engagement

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Lorraine Evangelista
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Professor, Cognitive Science

Richard Matthew
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