Public Service and Community Engagement

The Minor in Public Service and Community Engagement is 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. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The minor provides students 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.


20 units


  • INTD 389 Leadership for Civic Engagement

Students should take the Leadership for Civic Engagement Course as soon as possible after enrolling in the PSCE minor. Though we do not require students take this before completing requirements 2-4, we strongly encourage it. It's offered every fall.


Students must take at least one service-learning course in one of the these categories. Students may only count a maximum of two courses from the same discipline toward the minor.

Civic Issues (4 units)

Choose one:

  • ARCD 340 International Projects
  • ARCD 370 Construction Innovation Lab
  • BAIS 310 Global Environmental Politics
  • BAIS 320/POLS 352 Human Rights and Global Change
  • COMS 202 Rhetoric and the Public Sphere
  • ECON 372 Economic Development
  • HIST 341 Feast and Famine: A History of Food
  • INTD 302 Erasmus Community (SL)
  • NURS 326 Improving Health and Safety in the School Environment (SL)
  • PASJ 380 Performing Arts and Community Exchange (SL)
  • PHIL 203 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 244 Environmental Ethics
  • POLS 392 Special Topics: Immigration and Citizenship in the US
  • SOC 226 Esther Madriz: Social Problems (SL)
  • SOC 233 Gender, Development, and Globalization
  • SOC 323 Urban Education
  • SOC 338 Sociology of Education
  • SOC 354 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 356 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 357 Criminology
  • SOC 390 Special topics vary, specific courses may be approved for this category
  • URBS 100 Intro to Urban Studies

Social Identities (4 units)

Choose one:

  • COMS 337 Rhetoric of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
  • HIST 379 Latinos in the US
  • LAS/THTR 305 Latin@ American Performance and Culture (SL)
  • MS 405 Gender and the Media
  • POLS 325 Latino Politics in the US
  • PSYC 305 Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States
  • SOC 228 Asians and Pacific Islanders in US Society (SL)
  • SOC 229 Diversity of American Families
  • SOC 238 African American Culture and Society
  • SOC 260 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 313 Latin@ Chican@ Culture and Society
  • SOC 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 345 Feminism, Gender, and the Body
  • SOC 347 Sex and Sexualities
  • SOC 361 Brazilian Culture and Society
  • SOC 390 Special topics vary, specific courses may be approved for this category

Models of Social Change (8 units)

Choose two:

  • ARCD 372 Engineering, Design, and Testing
  • ARCD 400 Community Design Outreach (SL)
  • ART 488 Artist Citizen (SL)
  • BAIS 399 BAIS Internship (SL)
  • CDS/THTR 303 Performance and Cultural Resistance (SL)
  • COMS 335 Rhetoric of Social Movements (SL)
  • COMS 356 Organizational Communication (SL)
  • DANC 360 Dance in the Community
  • HIST 259 The Civil Rights Movement in History and Film
  • INTD 361 Global Service-Learning Sustainable Development Internship (SL)
  • MS 311 Communication Law and Policy
  • MS 407 Alternative Media and Social Change
  • MS 420 American Journalism Ethics
  • PASJ 181 Dance and Social History
  • PHIL 241 Ethics: Service-Learning (SL)
  • PHIL 399 Democracy and Public Policy
  • POLS 322 Politics of American Justice
  • POLS 335 Political Power and Constitutional Law
  • POLS 371 USF in DC Internship (SL)
  • POLS 375 USF in Sacramento (SL)
  • POLS 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations (SL)
  • RHET 126 MBS: Writing/Speaking in the Community (SL)
  • SOC 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC 304 US Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization
  • SOC 333 Nationalism and Global Conflict
  • SOC 390 Special topics vary, specific courses may be approved for this category
  • SOC 392 Esther Madriz: Community Organizing (SL)
  • THRS 220 Catholic Social Thought (SL)


  • INTD 399 Engaging Community: Research and Advocacy for Social Justice (2 units)

Students should register for the capstone seminar the spring before graduation.

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641