New “Civic Engagement” Minor Now Available at CU

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 12 2006

CONTACT: Dr. Bonnie Dorsey, Associate Professor of Social Work; Executive Director, Bonner Scholars Program
1-304-384-5352 or

New “Civic Engagement” Minor Now Available at CU

Athens, W.Va. – The Concord University Board of Governors approved civic engagement as a minor at their October 25, 2006, meeting.

Students will have the minor as an option beginning this fall.

Concord has a long history of civic engagement and involvement in the local community and beyond. At Concord University, civic engagement: builds upon aspects of service learning and community based research, is anchored by an academic foundation, is reinforced through an internship, and exists within a culture that is critical in examination and reciprocally reinforcing as a learning community at local, national, and international levels.

The civic engagement minor totals 19 hours (without internship credit); and up to 31 hours (with internship credit).

“This minor gives the student an opportunity to do community service from a focused, academic base. It also gives them a chance to do grant writing, work with the Legislature, or network with agencies to concentrate on domestic or international poverty issues. I think this is an exciting program, and I look forward to the many projects the students will be working with in the upcoming semesters,” stated Dr. Bonnie Dorsey, associate professor of social work and executive director for the Bonner Scholars Program.