Civic Engagement

Students tweet their opinions during the 2016 State of the Union address.

In 2017, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) announced that the School of Communication was selected as one of 12 departments "across the country that are providing models for how to make civic learning and democratic engagement an expectation for all students who major in a given discipline." You can read more about this designation here: https://www.aacu.org/press/press-releases/aacu-selects-twenty-two-institutions-that-integrate-civic-responsibility-by-design-in-majors

 

Overview

Students analyze social media activity during a tweet-up of the 2016 State of the Union address.

The School of Communication's (SoC) mission is to enhance the State of Illinois' societal and economic conditions by providing comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree, research, and service initiatives that are at the leading edge of theory and translate into viable applications. One critical way that we advance this mission is through our work with civic engagement. Faculty and staff in the SoC have integrated civic learning and democratic engagement into the curriculum and co-curriculum for some time. In 2009, they formalized their commitment to civic learning by adopting the following learning outcomes for each of the majors: