Civic Engagement Certificate

sesp.northwestern.edu/ugrad/civic-engagement-program

Open to first year, second year, and third year students in any school at Northwestern, the Civic Engagement Certificate Pro­gram increases students’ understanding of community needs and assets and fosters ongoing civic engagement by connecting community service experience with an academic component. Spanning five academic quarters, the two-year program requires a total of 6 units of coursework and 100 hours of community engagement.

Coursework includes:

Course Title
SESP 195-0Community Engagement (2-3 units) 1
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting (taken in fall of the second year)
Students can complete the second year in two modes: 2
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting
SESP 299-1
SESP 299-2
Civic Engagement Capstone Research
and Certificate in Civic Engagement- Capstone Project (taken in winter and spring of the second year and leading to a capstone project completed in collaboration with a sponsoring organization.)
OR
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting
SESP 295-0Theory and Practice of Community Consulting
1

Students may start the first year of the certificate in the fall quarter (3 units of SESP 195-0) or in the winter quarter (2 units of SESP 195-0). If a student elects to take 2 units of SESP 195, they must take SOC_POL 312-0 Social Policymaking and Implementation at some time during the completion of the certificate. 

2

Both modes result in the student completing the certificate. For more information, please visit the SESP website.