Troy University to launch new Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement

Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014

TROY - A new minor in public service and civic engagement will help Troy University students better understand societal and public problems and form creative, realistic solutions.

The minor will be offered for the first time during the upcoming fall 2014 semester. The Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement is designed to help students become effective leaders in communities, non-profit organizations or government institutions.

"We are excited to offer this minor as it complements the strong academic programs that we have at TROY and enables our students who are passionate about social issues to address those issues through scholarship and application," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at TROY. "Students in the minor will develop advanced skills in ethical decision making, project management, and program development and assessment."

The minor builds on and extends programs and initiatives that the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement has inside and outside the classroom. These include efforts tied to environmental sustainability, hunger and poverty, childhood development and health, literacy, civic discourse and voter engagement.

The 18-hour minor includes 9-hours of required courses. After that, students will choose an area of specialization and design their own curriculum centered on an issue of public concern, such as sustainability, community and social change, public leadership, multicultural studies, or poverty.

"Through study and application, students minoring in Public Service and Civic Engagement will build real world skills and knowledge for effective and ethical public service," Cellon said. "The minor is designed to complement a variety of majors and is intended for students seeking to address systemic social problems."

For more information about the new program, visit http://trojan.troy.edu/servicelearning/ or contact Cellon at jcellon@troy.edu.