Civitas is a community engaged scholar program at WSU that rewards students who have integrated civic engagement into their higher education experience.

Students meeting program requirements graduate with Non Sibi, Sed Civitas (not for self, for community) noted on their transcript, as well as wear an honor cord and pin at graduation.

The “Introduction to Civitas” course is only offered during the spring semester.

Requirements for Completing the Program

  1. Completion of the “Introduction to Civitas” course. This is a one-credit class offered through any department of the student's choosing under Directed Readings and Projects 4830.
    • “Introduction to Civitas” is a 1-credit class that integrates community-engaged learning into any major or minor.
    • Students in their fourth or fifth semesters are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • If you are a senior and looking to apply, it is recommended that you compile all of the community engagement experiences you have completed before applying in order to successfully complete the program in time.
  2. Participation in two days of service, the annual Community Engagement Symposium, and a group book discussion in the spring.
  3. Completion of an online portfolio. This portfolio will contain ten personal civic experiences and must be successfully reviewed against the Community Engaged Learning Outcomes Rubric by an evaluation committee of the student's choosing. This portfolio will be an asset to students for future academic and professional endeavors.

All requirements must be fulfilled by the time of graduation.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will learn how to write a reflective essay both for participation in a project and for response to material covered.
  2. Students will learn how to navigate the Civitas program, specifically how to create a portfolio.
  3. Students will develop a plan for fulfilling the artifacts for the program.

Learning Outcomes (Artifacts)

  1. Civic Knowledge: Involves the process of applying discipline-specific knowledge to civic engagement.
  2. Civic Skills: Involves the demonstration of engaging in a process to solve and increase the awareness of some civic problem.
  3. Civic Values: Involves having a disposition to the world that understands the need for civic engagement.
  4. Civic Action: Involves continued commitment to engaged citizenship.

Examples of Past Portfolios

Other Helpful Resources

Apply to the Civitas program

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For questions or more information, please contact the Civitas Program Coordinator, Dr. Barrett Bonella at
Your application will be reviewed by the instructor of the course. You will be notified by the information you provide regarding your acceptance into the program.