Civic engagement has been in the news a lot lately. But what does it mean exactly?

Well, civic engagement refers to taking action to improve the quality of life for communities. Civic engagement requires a combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation. Civic leaders identify and address areas of public concern, like the environment, social and racial justice, housing, health care, education, elections, and many more. They have job titles like engagement coordinator, public policy strategist, social responsibility officer, director of equity, or community organizer. Civic engagement can happen in any sector--in corporate and nonprofit settings, government agencies, or educational institutions.

And not one group or sector can do this work alone. It takes collaboration and commitment. Today, more than ever, we need skilled problem-solvers at the table to take on the world’s biggest challenges.

So if you’re motivated to create change, a master's degree in Civic Engagement could be your gateway to making a positive impact on people's lives.

Visit the College of Continuing and Professional Studies website for more information.