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Capacity Building for the Common Good: PSU's Interdisciplinary Minor in Civic Leadership
Journal of College & Character
  • Masami Nishishiba, Portland State University
  • Kevin Kecskes, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-1-2012
Subjects
  • Higher education -- Political aspects -- United States,
  • Civics -- Study and teaching (Higher),
  • Democracy and education,
  • Portland State University -- Curriculum,
  • Interdisciplinary approach in education
Abstract
Since the early 1990s, Portland State University has furthered its commitment to civic engagement education by adopting an integrated approach to its general education curriculum. As an outgrowth to this initiative, the minor in Civic Leadership was developed in 2004–05. This interdisciplinary minor was designed with the intent to further integrate and sustain institutional engagement with the Portland Metropolitan community and beyond. This article discusses the history, structure, and roles of academic and community partners associated with the Civic Leadership minor, and elaborates the philosophical foundation of the interdisciplinary curriculum that aims to build student capacity for the common good.
Description

Originally appeared in Journal of College and Character, 13:1. May be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/jcc-2012-1860

©NASPA 2012

DOI
10.1515/jcc-2012-1860
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16234
Citation Information
Masami Nishishiba & Kevin Kecskes (2012) Capacity Building for the Common Good: PSU's Interdisciplinary Minor in Civic Leadership, Journal of College and Character, 13:1.