Minor in Public Service and Civic 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.

Public Service and Civic Engagement Minor Information
Spring 2019 Course Offerings

Learning Objectives


  • 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

Course Structure

Required courses (18 hrs)

IDS 1101 - Citizenship to Address Global Challenges
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
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
A 300 hour internship based at a community agency, healthcare facility, school or government agency focused on application of student’s personal plan for community engagement and public leadership.

Benefits of the Minor 

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

To Declare a Minor

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

For more information contact:

Lauren Cochran | Office of Civic Engagement
122 Eldridge Hall |  (334) 808-6349laurencochran@troy.edu