About the Certificate
The Certificate in Civic Engagement provides a structured path for undergraduate students interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of civic and community engagement by merging curricular and co-curricular interests. The certificate sets out expectations that students will be knowledgeable about theories of citizenship, democratic participation, civil society, and social action, familiar with their local community, and cognizant of ways in which the local, national and global are linked. Courses that are a part of the certificate focus on themes related to civic engagement and/or the practice of it. The certificate is acknowledged on each student’s transcript.
During the inaugural year, the application is open to first year, second year, and third year undergraduate students. Seniors are not eligible to apply. Third year students with a 2022 graduation date should weigh their anticipated course load and senior project plans. Prior to submitting an application, students should have completed two of the course requirements and 20 hours of co-curricular activities. To ensure curricular coherence, each student must obtain written approval from their program adviser.
All requirements are outlined in the Certificate FAQ.
- Courses: Four courses (16 credits) that focus on a theory or practice of civic engagement. This must include: a core course (4 credits); two or more Community-Engaged/Engaged Liberal Arts & Sciences courses (8 credits); and one course which studies theories of civic engagement, democracy and social action (4 credits).
- Culminating Project: During the junior or senior year, students prepare a written analytic essay or other form of work linked to their engagement activities. When applicable, in place of the culminating project, students can incorporate the engagement analysis into an Engaged Senior Project.
- Co-Curricular Activities: Students participate in 100 hours of co-curricular civic engagement activities during their course of study at Bard. The civic engagement activity can be developed through an on-campus program (TLS, CCE etc.), an independent community engagement activity (such as volunteering for a campaign or non-profit), or an appropriate and approved internship. Students will also be expected to attend co-curricular workshops on leadership and project management.