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. The civic education certificate is designed for students who want to get involved teaching the rights, responsibilities and intellectual foundations that go along with membership in American democracy.



Program Description

The civic education certificate program helps prepare undergraduate students for careers in primary and secondary education where the teaching of government and civics may be involved. The program is also preparation for careers or participation in politics, public service, civic and social movements and for further education in law, journalism, business, history, sociology, political science, public administration, social work and other fields where an understanding of questions of citizenship, leadership, community, democracy, public responsibility and ethics is crucial.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program Requirements

Students should contact the School of Politics and Global Studies for more information about completing the civic education certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate does not substitute for degree requirements in any subject, including political science; rather, it is a complement to the student's chosen major. The certificate program is intended to guide students to a variety of courses in which successful completion indicates their special accomplishment in the area of civic education. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the civic education certificate upon completion of the following 15 credit hours of political science courses:

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Program Contact Information

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