Fulfilling Emory & Henry College’s mission to join learning with civic virtue, the interdisciplinary program in Civic Innovation provides students with the skills and knowledge to be innovative problem-solvers realizing tangible human gain in the public sector, in private enterprise, and in post-graduate study. Civic Innovation graduates take seriously the dynamics of their places and in their civic work are grounded in the twin values that all persons have the potential to make creative contributions to the common good, and that all places have the potential to be safe and healthy places for all their people.
Major and minor areas which relate well to the Civic Innovation program are psychology, sociology, political science, religion, environmental studies, international studies, economics, Spanish, history, and mass communications. As a central part of the curriculum in Civic Innovation, students are actively solving community-identified problems and achieving outcomes for people and places. Graduates understand the innovation process, have the skills, knowledge, and attributes to be innovative problem solvers, to organize, lead, and coordinate civic initiatives, and to help forge creative alliances of persons and organizations to meet community needs and achieve outcomes that serve the common good. In collaboration with their advisor, students chart a course of study that provides skills that they can apply in the public and private sectors or in post-graduate study. Throughout the curriculum, students build and maintain a results portfolio, presenting this at points in their study, culminating in the senior capstone presentation.
Challenging service placements and opportunities to attend regional and national conferences and workshops enhance the program. Additionally, students majoring in Civic Innovation are often called upon to give leadership in a number of service activities on campus and in the surrounding communities. Several of our majors also benefit from the Bonner Scholars Program and Appalachian Center Associates scholarships that carry with them community service components in exchange for financial support.
The name of the major is pretty unique and so are our classes. A defining element of most courses is that students spend time putting theories and ideas to use in the local community through a variety of experiential learning placements and partnerships. Below is just a sample of some of the courses you would take as a Civic Innovation major at Emory & Henry:
Below are a few examples of projects carried out by students in Civic Innovation courses. What will you work on as a Civic Innovation major?
The Civic Innovation major may lead you to a career with a nonprofit organization, volunteer agency, political campaign, or a human services agency. Or you may choose to attend graduate school to further study public policy, political science, sociology, social work, or community development, or to attend law school.
Listed below are Emory & Henry graduates who have found careers in fields related to the Civic Innovation program.
Below are Emory & Henry Civic Innovation graduates who are currently pursuing advanced degrees: