Civic Education



The rights to vote and to seek political change are important, but becoming an informed participant in American democracy is just as important. Develop your political voice while learning the rights, responsibilities and intellectual foundations that go along with membership in American democracy.

The civic education concentration program is geared toward students who seek to actively engage in or teach others about political issues and reforms.

Coursework in the certificate provides a strong foundation in the theories and ideologies that provide the motivation and reasoning for much political activity. In addition, a civics in action component of the program enables students to investigate how contemporary American political institutions grapple with competing interests, values and civic ideas.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum 6 upper division hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students may not pair the Civic Education concentration with the Political Science OR International Studies concentrations.

Theoretical Foundations - 6 credit hours

POS 210 Political Ideologies, SB (3)

POS 442 American Political Thought, HU (3)

Topics in Political Theory - 3 credit hours

POS 340 History of Political Philosophy I, HU & H (3)

POS 341 History of Political Philosophy II, HU & H (3)

POS 346 Problems of Democracy, HU (3)

POS 443 Topics in Contemporary Political Theory, HU (3)

POS 475 Morality and Politics (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours. Credit is allowed for only POS 394 (Morality and Politics) or POS 475)

Civics in Action - 9 credit hours
Choose courses from the following (at least 6 credits must be upper division):

POS 110 / 310 American Government and Politics, SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only POS 110 or POS 310)

POS 150 Comparative Government, SB & G (3)

POS 160 Global Politics, SB & G (3) (Credit is allowed for only POL 160 or POS 160 or POS 360 or POS 362)

POS 270 American Legal System, SB (3)

POS 313 The Congress, SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only POL 313 or POS 313)

POS 314 The American Presidency, SB (3)

POS 315 The Supreme Court, SB (3)

POS 325 Public Policy Development, SB (3)

POS 332 American Political Parties, SB (3)

POS 333 Interest Groups, SB (3)

POS 348 Do You Want to Build a Nation?, L (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum junior standing or minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only POS 348 or POS 394 (Do You Want To Build a Nation?))

POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

POS 410 Governing American Cities, SB (3)

POS 417 The Arizona Political System (3) (Credit is allowed for only POS 211, 216 or 417)

POS 435 Women and Politics, SB & C (3)

POS 439 Minority Group Politics in America, SB & C (3) Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours

POS 470 Law and the Political Order, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only POS 470 or CMN 598 (Law and the Political Order) or JHR 598 (Law and the Political Order) or MAS 598 (Law and the Political Order))






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