Civic Engagement (CE) Courses

Students at Pacific integrate civic engagement into their academic experience in many ways. In the College of Arts & Sciences, students have a core requirement for Civic Engagement (CE). You can satisfy the Civic Engagement (CE) Core requirement through the completion of a CE-designated course or a CE project. Courses that fulfill the Civic Engagement Core requirement are available in many disciplines, with new classes added every semester. You can find a designated course in our Civic Engagement designated course list (pdf), or by searching BoxerOnline using the checkbox for civic engagement. 

Faculty who are interested in adding the CE-designation to their course can complete the new course or course change form available on the College of Arts and Sciences curricular forms page and see the CE Faculty Resources section or contact the McCall Center director for additional support.

What to Expect with CE Courses

CE courses vary widely, with many options for students based on academic interests, personal passions, and differing skills. CE courses are similar to other courses, with academic content to learn through readings, discussions, and assignments. The main difference is that with CE courses, students are also learning through experiences through which they can better understand the academic content, practice the skills necessary for making a positive change in society, and make a contribution to community.  Those experiences are civic actions, such as volunteering, raising awareness, advocating for something, campaigning, participating in public dialogue, or some other form of engagement. 

Faculty can design their civic engagement courses in a variety of ways to best meet the the learning objectives for the course and the civic purposes involved. Some civic engagement activities take place on campus, while others are in the community, for example. Those in the community might be walking distance from campus, require students to carpool or take public transportation, or utilize the university motorpool service. In some cases, the experiences may require time outside of class while in other cases the experience is built into the schedule for all students. In all cases, though, CE courses are roughly equivalent to other classes at the same level (i.e. 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level) and credit load (i.e. 2 or 4 credits). 

Below are some distinctions to help students better understand the options for their CE experience. Please note that we try to keep these examples as current as possible, but there may be discrepancies as courses or academic programs change over time. The Academic Catalog and BoxerOnline is the best source of current, accurate information for each academic year. Students with particular circumstances to work around are welcome to speak to MCCE staff for guidance in selecting a CE course to fit their needs and interests. 

Foundational or Introductory CE Courses without Pre-Requisites

Many CE courses do not have pre-requisites and are open to students in any major. These courses are a great way to explore a discipline through experiential learning that civic engagement provides:

  • ANTH 207 | Good Food: Eating & Community
  • APTH 215 | Applied Theatre Workshop
  • ARTST 122 | Studio I CE
  • ARTST 207 | Design for Sustainability
  • DS 204 | Working w/People w/Disability
  • ENGL 223 | Native American Literature
  • ENGW 202 | Writing About Disability
  • MEDA 153 | Video for Community Engagement Crewing
  • PHIL 202 | Ethics and Society
  • SOCWK 201 | Principles of Social Work

Upper Division / CE Courses within Majors and Minors

Some CE courses are available primarily to the students in certain majors or minors because they involve an advanced level of disciplinary knowledge and/or skill.  Examples of upper-division CE courses are:

  • ANTH 311 / PH 311 / GSS 311 | Medicine, Body, & Culture
  • APTH 315 | Applied Theatre Workshop II
  • ARTST 222 | Studio II CE
  • ARTST 307 | Leadership through Design
  • ARTST 370 | Interdisciplinary Design Studio
  • ARTST 371 | Interdisciplinary Design Seminar
  • BA 353 | Community Financial Literacy
  • BA 359 | Community Tax Engagement
  • BIOL 360 | Science in School Gardens
  • CJLS 355 | Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • EDUC 300 | Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EXIP 481 | Applied Nutrition
  • EXMP 413 | Adult Fitness Practicum: Boxer Boot Camp
  • MEDA 353 | Video for Community Engagement
  • MEDA 360 | Integrated Media Project Design & Planning
  • PH 480 and PH 490 | Public Health Practicum
  • POLS 302 | Parties and Elections
  • POLS 304 | Community Politics
  • PSY 411 | Practicum in Applied Psychology
  • PSY 451 | Directed Community Research
  • SOC 360 | Critical Race Theory
  • SOCWK 301 | Macro Social Work Practice
  • SPAN 325 | Mex-Amer Cultural Exploration
  • WORL 365 | Teaching Lang & Culture Elem School

Interdisciplinary CE Courses 

The McCall Center offers several courses each year that are interdisciplinary in nature and create a way for students to explore civic engagement through topics that have broad relevance to any community member. Such classes include: 

  • CIV 140 | College 3D
  • CIV 105 | Intro to Civic Engagement
  • CIV 227 | Action for Affordable Housing
  • CIV 233 | Healthy Communities
  • CIV 240 | Food for Thought and Action
  • CIV 305 | Advanced Civic Engagement
  • CIV 317 | Introduction to Grant Writing and Non-Profit Fundraising 
  • CIV 320 | Leadership in Civic Engagement 

Some travel courses also fulfill the CE requirement, or students could propose an independent CE project. 

Contact Us

The McCall Center for Civic Engagement
Scott Hall | 503-352-1570 | cce@pacificu.edu
UC A141
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116