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American Civic Traditions Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Developing Engaged Citizens

Contemporary issues of social, political, cultural and community importance require American citizens equipped for civic engagement. Civic engagement may be measured by behaviors including voter turnout, volunteerism, community engagement, citizen advocacy and holding an appointed or elected office. All American citizens have the right and responsibility to participate in the work of self-governance. Americans demonstrate civic engagement when they individually and collectively identify and address issues of public concern for the public good. The American civic traditions certificate will prepare you with the foundational knowledge to understand current debates through the lens of history, political structures and differing perspectives to cultivate an educated and engaged citizenry. This certificate is beneficial to all majors.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about current societal issues.
  • Are interested in regional, national and global events.
  • Are fascinated by history.
  • Enjoy reading and watching biographies or other historical shows.
  • Are interested in American politics and international affairs.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Law enforcement
  • Social worker
  • County official

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.