The Civic and Community Leadership minor (CIVL) expands Ramapo College’s curricular tradition of cultivating student engagement in civic, local, state, and international communities. Harry C. Boyte’s work on civic engagement and higher education is foundational for reconceptualizing civic learning. He writes:
We need to move beyond narrow views of citizenship as voting and voluntarism, and reinvent citizenship as public work, work that explicitly and intentionally prepares our students (and ourselves) to be builders of democracy, not simply helpers, voters, analysts, informers, or critics of democracy.*
The selection of courses in the CIVL minor ask students to examine their potential for leadership within a number of domains, including interpersonal styles of leadership, ethical traditions, domestic and international politics, and social justice. Additionally, students can situate this broad foundation within the field they wish to pursue via the elective course offerings.
Program Objective: Ramapo College of New Jersey students and graduates of the Civic and Community Leadership minor shall be engaged in the public work of building democracy.
*Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (2015)