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Beginning this fall, Wagner College students can minor in civic engagement.

Civic engagement — defined by Thomas Ehrlich as “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference” — is nothing new to Wagner College.

Civic engagement has been a key element of Wagner College’s signature curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, for nearly two decades, bringing faculty and students into the community to learn and serve alongside the college’s neighbors.

The new civic engagement minor lets students focus a substantial portion of their studies on the theory and practice of educating what President Richard Guarasci calls “the civic professional.”

“The Civic Engagement minor helps you develop a civic identity,” says the minor’s Web page, “and provides future employers with concrete evidence of your commitment and experience in civic engagement. You will also gain a better understanding of social responsibility and social justice, and acquire multicultural civic skills.”

For more information, including a course checklist, visit the Civic Engagement Minor website.

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