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Course:  Senior Capstone Citizenship 400 Seminar

University of New England

Promising Approaches:

  • (1) Provide instruction in academic disciplines through the lens of government, history, law and democracy.
  • (2) Incorporate discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events into the classroom.
  • (3)  Design and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.
  • (4) Encourage and support activities and student and community organizations that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their campuses and communities.
  • (5) Encourage student participation in leadership and campus and community governance.
  • (8) Involve students in the development and sustaining of campus/community partnerships.

Citizenship 400, also known as CIT400, is a one-credit senior seminar experience for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Professions. It is the capstone of the Core Curriculum.

This seminar reunites students from many academic majors and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their previous years of study in light of their duties and responsibilities as members of a larger society - citizens.

It directs the student's attention both outward with a civic contribution (a semester long service experience) and inward with reflection. It is intended to assist the student in making a bridge between college years and post-college life.

The seminar meets every other week for one semester during a student's senior year. During that semester the student actively participates in these small group seminars via discussions, readings, reflections, written assignments and attendance at two Core Connection events in addition to serving their community throughout the semester in service experience of their choosing.

Special Features
Civic Learning Goals
Through the Citizenship 400 Seminar students are encouraged to develop, practice and reflect upon the characteristics, habits and skills of engaged citizens. The highest priority is given to exploring and encouraging the understanding and expression of civic attitudes and beliefs (1) as well as exercising civic and community participation skills (2).

For further information
Jessica B. Meserve


Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy