Civic Engagement Cornerstone Requirement

Students can integrate civic engagement into their academic experience in many ways. In the College of Arts & Sciences, students have a core requirement called the Civic Engagement Cornerstone. You can satisfy the Civic Engagement (CE) Cornerstone through the completion of a CE-designated course or a CE project. You can find a designated course in our Civic Engagement designated course list (pdf).

CE courses or student projects must:

  • Be approved by the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Serve the common good
  • Involve students in experiential learning outside the classroom and the teaching lab
  • Engage students with the campus community or the broader world
  • Include appropriate orientation, preparation for the project, and opportunity for thoughtful reflection
  • Share the results of the project with the campus community through appropriate means devised in consultation with the Center for Civic Engagement

Check out previous student CE projects for examples and ideas. 

Students can apply for the Student Civic Engagement Mini-Grant to support civic engagement projects.  

The Center for Civic Engagement encourages faculty, students, and our community partners to strive for civic engagement experiences that meet our ten principles for quality academic civic engagement:

  • Relevant Problem Solving
  • Public Interest
  • Meaningful Learning Opportunities
  • Depth of Experience
  • Reciprocity
  • Respectful Collaboration
  • Academic Integration
  • Reflection on Experience
  • Appropriate Assessment
  • Public Citizenship 

These principles have been approved by the Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council.  Further explanations are available in the complete quality principles document.  

Civic Engagement Cornerstone Courses

Courses that fulfill the Civic Engagement Cornerstone are available in many disciplines, with new classes added every semester. The CCE maintains a current list of Civic Engagement designated courses (pdf). Faculty who are interested in adding the CE-designation to their course can complete the new course or course change form available on the faculty resource page.

Civic Engagement Projects

CIV 110 Civic Engagement Project is what students register for to complete an independent civic engagement project. Students must have a faculty sponsor and submit a proposal for their projects that is approved by the director of the Center for Civic Engagement prior to enrolling in CIV 110. The project is equal to approximately 40 hours of engagement work and can be taken for 0 or 1 credit.  

CIV 111 Civic Engagement and Diversity Project is an option for students who will be doing an independent civic engagement project that also meets the International & Diverse Perspectives Cornerstone. The project is equal to approximately 40 hours of engagement work in a context that provides in-depth experiences with diversity and is a 2 credit course. 

CIV 109 Civic Engagement Project Prep is only for students who want to take two semesters to complete their project and is completed in conjunction with CIV 110 or CIV 111.  

Students and faculty can download the Guide to Independent Civic Engagement Projects, which includes all necessary application forms.  

We encourage students to deepen their civic engagement education at Pacific by moving beyond satisfaction of the minimum CE Cornerstone requirement and by building on the cornerstone.