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Public Service and Community Engagement

The Minor in Public Service and Community Engagement is a 22-unit, innovative, intensive, interdisciplinary program open to all USF undergraduates, regardless of their major, who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in public service.

The minor provides the analytical, organizational, and advocacy skills and preparation needed for sophisticated public service.  Participation in the minor prepares students to undertake community problem solving through active citizenship. Through experiential learning, reflection, and analysis, students will have direct exposure to some of the most pressing social issues facing the world. Student can select a global and/or local focus depending on their interests. Graduate of the program will be honored as "McCarthy Scholars" at Commencement.

Requirements for the Minor (22 Units)

1.  Governmental Institutions and Public Administration (4 units)

  • POLS - 218 Public Policy and Administration
  • POLS - 322 Legislative Politics
  • POLS - 320 Urban Politics
  • POLS - 364 California Politics

2.  Service Learning (8 units) 
     (Core SL units count toward this requirement if course if from list below)
  • POLS - 370 USF in DC
  • POLS - 375 McCarthy Fellows
  • INTD - 331 Zambia Today
  • POLS - 396 Public Administration Internship
  • ENGL - 480 Internships in Writing
  • MS - 396 Media Internship
  • HIST - 396 History Internship
  • INTD - 100 Martin-Baro Scholars
  • INTD - 301 Erasmus
  • SOC - 226 Social Problems
  • PHIL - 241 Ethics: Service Learning
  • THRS - 220 Catholic Social Thought
  • INTD - 312 Global Service-Learning Fellowship
  • POLS - 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations
  • BAIS - 399 BAIS Internship
  • DANC - 360 Dance in the Community
  • ART - 423 Internship in Arts/Non-Profit
  • ENGL - 480 Internship in Writing: Black Museum
  • INTD - 210 Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars
  • CS - 480 Computers and Society
  • NURS - 326 Improving Health and Safety in Schools
  • MUS - 202 Jazz Culture and Social Justice
  • Casa Bayanihan's Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community 

3. Public Policy (4 units)

  • MS - 311 Communication Law and Policy
  • SOC - 357 Criminology
  • POLS - 355 US Foreign Policy
  • POLS - 368 Punishment Policy
  • ENVA - 363 Environmental Law and Policy
  • POLS - 363 Housing Policy
  • POLS - 367 Drug Policy
  • SOC - 230 Urban Sociology
  • ECON - 476 Development Policy
  • SOC - 230 Urban Places, Faces and Spaces

 4. Arts/Humanities (4 Units)

  • ART - 487 Artist as Citizen
  • ARCD - 200 Sustainable Design
  • PASJ - 180 Music and Social History
  • ART - 370 Installation Public Art
  • HIST - 150 Modern African History
  • HIST - 363 Race and Ethnicity in US History
  • HIST - 259 Civil Rights Movement
  • PHIL - 203 Social and Political Philosophy
  • THRS - 220 Catholic Social Thought
  • ARCD - 400 Community Design Outreach
  • PASJ - 181 Dance and Social History
  • PASJ - 182 Theater and Social History
  • HIST - 360 American Women and Political Activism
  • HIST - 341 Feast and Famine/History of Food Policy
  • PHIL - 225 Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC - 322 Globalization and Resistance
  • MS - 407 Alternative Media and Social Change 

5. Capstone Seminar (2 units)

  • Students must complete requirements 1-4 before enrolling in the Capstone Seminar.