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In the Classroom

Engaging students in the classroom.

We believe civic engagement should be an integral part of every student's college experience. In the classroom is where students acquire the knowledge and skills to best practice and serve in their communities. The Office of Civic Engagement offers First Year Learning Communities for incoming freshman seeking to connect with fellow students through service. In addition to our Minor in Civic and Community Engagement and interdisciplinary courses, we partner with a variety of instructors and degree programs to provide co-curricular academic engagement opportunities for students. 

Minor in Civic and Community Engagement

This interdisciplinary minor offered through the Office of Civic Engagement is designed to build capacity in personal and organizational action, management and guidance in addressing public and societal problems. Through study and application, students build real world skills and knowledge for effective and ethical public service. The minor is designed to complement a variety of majors and is intended for students seeking to address systemic social problems.

Course Information


  • Understand societal and public problems and formulate creative, realistic solutions to these problems
  • Identify stakeholders and strategies for engagement in addressing public problems
  • Understand theoretical concepts related to community capital, power, voice, and structural inequalities and learn to apply these concepts in practical ways to solve problems
  • Understand the importance of inquiry, informed action and effective policy in addressing social problems
  • Understand the importance of service, community engagement and informed citizenship to address systemic community issues
  • Tie their understanding of community engagement to their career and life plans


  • Demonstrate an ability to engage in respectful, civil dialogue with diverse viewpoints
  • Strengthen public leadership and advocacy skills
  • Work effectively as members of diverse teams to address community issues
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal values, ethics and responsibility and their impact on personal , professional and civic decisions and actions
  • Demonstrate effective research skills to develop feasible solutions to public problems
  • Take action on their personal plan for lifelong community engagement and public leadership

Required courses (18 hrs)

IDS 1101 - Citizenship to Address Global Challenges 

Fulfills general studies requirements in Area II or IV
Explore knowledge and skills of globally competent citizenship and public service to address global challenges faced in the 21st century with special emphasis on localized application. 

IDS 2201 - Applications in Civic Engagement

Fulfills general studies requirements in Area II or IV
An overview of strategies for civic enrichment that engage various forms of community capital to address defined civic issues.

IDS 3310 - Principled Public Service in Modern Age 
Course explores ethical practices when individuals come together and address social problems in communities. Emphasis is on ethical leadership in the context of teamwork, participatory decision-making, and citizen-empowerment.

IDS 3315 - Systems and Structures in Public Service 
Covers basic principles of public management and administration - including history, development, organizational structures, and modern functions of public service organizations and advocacy efforts.

IDS 4410 - Social and Policy Entrepreneurship 
Course explores sources of funding for social enterprises, such as philanthropy, governmental funding, grant writing, as well as income generating, self-sustaining arrangements that promote long-term change.

IDS 4495 - Capstone Internship in Public Service and Civic Engagement
An internship based at a community agency, health care facility, school or government agency focused on application of student’s personal plan for community engagement and public leadership. (Hour requirements vary depending on term or semester enrolled.)

Students who enrolled in classes at Troy prior to Fall 2019 are under the previous Minor requirements. Those are listed here

Students completing the Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement will build competencies in the following areas:

  • Identifying public issues and their causes
  • Formulating creative, realistic solutions to various civic issues
  • Public leadership and advocacy skills
  • Project management and teamwork skills

Complete this form: Request for Official Evaluation/Major Change or visit the records office in Room 135, Adams Administration Building.

In addition, complete the Office of Civic Engagement required form here.

For more information contact:

Lauren Cochran | Office of Civic Engagement
122 Eldridge Hall |  (334)

Learning Communities

First Year Learning Communities (LCs) are small groups of students sharing academic interests who enroll together in common courses their first semester at TROY. Learning Communities are a great way to meet other students, while being connected to faculty and staff on campus. Troy University offers six different learning communities to suit a wide variety of student interests and academic needs.

Students who sign up to join a learning community take three general studies courses together centered on a particular topic of academic or career interest. LCs allow opportunities for students to network with others and build relationships with students who are pursuing similar career paths. These common classes include required courses in the general studies curriculum, with specialized content toward students' degree programs.

Through the courses, students engage in applied learning and service through co-curricular activities to enhance the integration of knowledge, skill development, and student success.

To be eligible, a student must be an incoming first-year student planning to be enrolled full-time on the Troy campus for the current academic year. Additionally, students must fit criteria specific to the learning communities they select.

There are seven LCs, each capped at 24 students, so space is limited.


allows students to explore majors and careers in the world of business through academic engagement, networking and career preparation


designed for students planning to enter career fields in journalism and communication


designed exclusively for Dance and Theatre majors focused on the performance and production of both disciplines


prepares students for professional career options in health sciences around engaged learning


designed to build capacity and leadership skills to address community issues effectively


designed for students focused on making a difference in the lives of youth and children