Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate

What is it?

The Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change is an academic credential for Duke undergraduate students interested in deepening their understanding of social issues by integrating academic coursework with community-based experiences. Students can design learning and experiences around an issue and develop relationships with faculty and community mentors. Students will emerge from the certificate with strategies for engaging with social issues, competence in navigating diverse communities and clarity around possible career paths. 

Why civic engagement and social change? 

The goal of the certificate is to develop students' capacity to effect social change in intentional, ethical and sustained ways. Students will think critically about volunteer efforts and change movements while developing the skills to tackle societal challenges using different approaches. An important aspect of the certificate is to ensure students are well-equipped to become engaged citizens and ethical leaders throughout their lives. 


NOTE: No more than one course and one experience that are used to satisfy the requirements of any major, minor or other certificate program may count towards the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change.

When to Begin the Certificate

You must declare your participation in the certificate program before the end of the drop/add period of the fall semester of your junior year. We encourage you to declare your intention to pursue this certificate as early as possible. With so many students studying away fall semester of junior year, students may want to consider a sophomore year declaration instead.

Request More Information

  • Contact Leslie Parkins, Assistant Director, Duke Office of Civic Engagement