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CIVICS  Certificate Studies

CIVICS  Certificate Studies

 

CIVICS  Certificate Studies

 

At Harvest Christian University, the study of civics is approached with a focus on developing informed and engaged citizens who understand the principles of governance, democracy, and civic responsibility. Drawing inspiration from the Dryfus Initiative, which emphasizes active citizenship and community engagement, our civics studies program aims to empower students to become agents of positive change in society.

 

      Key Elements of the Civics Studies Program:

  1. Civic Leadership Certificate: Our program offers a Certificate in Civics Leadership designed to equip students with specialized knowledge and skills for effective leadership in civic engagement and public service. Through this intensive program, students will explore the foundations of leadership, ethical decision-making, and community advocacy.

  2. American Government & Politics: Students will delve into the origins, purposes, and evolution of the American system of government and politics. Topics covered include the U.S. Constitution, federalism, voting behavior, political parties, and the role of citizens in shaping government policies.

  3. Engagement with Government and Politics: Through critical analysis and discussions, students will grapple with the complexities of government structures and political processes. They will explore what it means for Christians to actively engage in government affairs while upholding ethical values and principles.

  4. Community-Based Initiatives: Our civics studies program encourages students to participate in community-based projects that address social issues, promote civic awareness, and foster collaboration with local organizations. This hands-on approach allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

  5. Integration of Faith and Civic Engagement: Central to our program is the exploration of how Christian values intersect with civic responsibilities. Students will reflect on the ethical dimensions of public service, social justice advocacy, and community leadership within the framework of their faith.

By immersing students in a comprehensive study of civics that combines academic rigor with practical experience, Harvest Christian University aims to cultivate a new generation of leaders who are committed to making a positive impact on society through active citizenship and civic engagement.

The Dreyfuss Initiative, founded by Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, is a national civics movement dedicated to revitalizing civics education in public schools across the United States. The initiative aims to address the decline of civics education in schools and promote active citizenship among students. The Dreyfuss Initiative advocates for the teaching of civics from kindergarten through 12th grade, emphasizing the importance of civic engagement, critical thinking, and civil discourse in shaping informed and responsible citizens.

 

Relation to Civics Studies:

  1. Civics Curriculum Enhancement: The Dreyfuss Initiative focuses on enhancing civics education through the development of a comprehensive civics curriculum that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective civics participation. By providing a national model for civics education, the initiative seeks to empower students to engage meaningfully in civic life.

  2. Civics Discussion Clubs: The initiative promotes the establishment of Civics Discussion Clubs as platforms for open dialogue and debate on civic issues. These clubs serve as spaces for students to develop critical-thinking skills, engage in civil discourse, and explore topics related to government, politics, and citizenship.

  3. Community Engagement: Through grassroots programs and curriculum enhancements, The Dreyfuss Initiative aims to influence the preparation of young students for informed and active citizenship. By fostering leadership qualities and promoting civic virtue, the initiative seeks to mold future leaders who can effectively contribute to society.

  4. Military Family Support: The initiative recognizes the importance of serving military families and honoring their commitment to civic virtue. By providing educational opportunities and discussion platforms tailored to the needs of military families, The Dreyfuss Initiative underscores the value of civic engagement within diverse communities.

Harvest Christian University's approach to civics studies emphasizes the cultivation of informed and engaged citizens who possess the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for active participation in civic life. By integrating elements of civic leadership, community engagement, and ethical decision-making into its curriculum, Harvest Christian University aims to inspire students to become responsible agents of positive change in their communities and beyond.

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