What is the Maxwell Major in Citizenship & Civic Engagement (CCE)?
Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is an individualized, hands-on
undergraduate program that helps you develop understanding of social activism,
public affairs, and political change.
The Citizenship and Civic
Engagement major is a multifaceted course of study that draws heavily from
within the social science disciplines as well as other areas of study to create
a unique, interdisciplinary exploration of how to steer a life toward the
Coursework in the major is, in
some respects, intended to supplement a traditional social science major -
i.e., anthropology, history, economics, international relations, sociology, and
political science, geography, or policy studies. Students first choose, as
their "home base," a major in one of the social sciences (or in a
discipline outside of Maxwell that has a strong social-science component, such
as African American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, or majors outside the College of Arts and Sciences that has a
focus on social good ).
Citizenship and Civic Engagement
then provides the interdisciplinary components - additional team-taught courses
and research on citizenship and civic engagement-which expose students to
experts in many fields and to strategies for turning ideas into action.
This interdisciplinary classroom
component is based in Maxwell's groundbreaking MAX Course curriculum, which
explores critical issues in the U.S. and around the world through presentations
by a wide range of scholars and practitioners and intensive small-group discussions.
The original MAX Courses have been taught since the 1990s. Now, though, the
Citizenship and Civic Engagement major introduces three new MAX Courses that
allow students to engage more deeply with issues of citizenship, ethics, and
justice, and to apply the tools of the social sciences.
The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major builds to a
capstone project: the creation of an Action Plan for addressing an important
social issue. Each student's Action Plan is unique, and based on thorough
research and rigorous analysis. It represents not just well-meaning activism,
but tangible plans for change - and, as such, the ultimate expression of the
Citizenship and Civic Engagement major.
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