Community/Civic Engagement

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The goal of the University Honors civic engagement requirement is to instill in students a sense of responsibility to societal needs and challenges by engaging them directly in community responses to these challenges.


  • It must be conducted under the supervision of a program director or other organizational representative
  • It must be conducted with an approved single organization.
  • It must not be paid
  • It must represent a time commitment of minimum 45 hours in a given academic year.
  • It can be a political opportunity as long as time is not spent recruiting
  • It can be a faith-based organization as long as the mission of that organization and the activities you will be engaged in serve a need in the broader community (not just the community of faith).
  • It cannot include actions associated with proselytizing
  • The organization must have a publicly and clearly stated mission that is consistent with its practices
  • This mission must serve some societal need and be consistent with the mission of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents policies and the UMD strategic plan.
  • Student activities with the organization must serve this mission