Civic Education  (Certificate)

The rights to vote and to seek political change are important, but becoming an informed participant in American democracy is just as important. Develop your political voice while learning the rights, responsibilities and intellectual foundations that go along with membership in American democracy.

Program Description

The civic education certificate program is geared toward students who seek to actively engage in or teach others about political issues and reforms.

Coursework in the certificate provides a strong foundation in the theories and ideologies that provide the motivation and reasoning for much political activity. In addition, a civics in action component of the program enables students to investigate how contemporary American political institutions grapple with competing interests, values and civic ideas.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Requests to declare this certificate are reviewed by the academic advisor in the academic unit offering the certificate. Students may be contacted to discuss the certificate prior to the addition of the certificate to the student record.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate does not substitute for degree requirements in any subject, including political science; rather, it is a complement to the student's chosen major. The certificate program is intended to guide students to a variety of courses in which successful completion indicates their special accomplishment in the area of civic education. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the civic education certificate upon completion of the following 15 credit hours of political science courses:

Required core courses: (9)

POS 210 Political Ideologies, SB (3)
POS 346 Problems of Democracy, HU (3)
POS 442 American Political Thought, HU (3)

Choose one from the courses below:

POS 340 History of Political Philosophy I, HU, H (3)
POS 341 History of Political Philosophy II, HU, H (3)
POS 443 Topics in Contemporary Political Theory, HU (3)

Choose one from the courses below:

POS 300 Contemporary Global Controversies, SB, G (3)
POS 313 The Congress, SB (3)
POS 314 The American Presidency, SB (3)
POS 315 The Supreme Court, SB (3)
POS 332 American Political Parties, SB (3)
POS 333 Interest Groups, SB (3)
POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3)
POS 417 Arizona Politics, SB (3)
POS 435 Women and Politics, SB, C (3)
POS 439 Minority Group Politics in America, SB, C (3)

Certificate students must have a minimum GPA of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale); only courses in which students have a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher count toward the certificate. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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