Welcome to Writing and Civic Engagement
The Civic Engagement Track of UCSB's Professional Writing Minor focuses on the practice and study of writing related to governance, citizenship, and civil society. Students study and practice communication that aims to influence public understanding of civic issues, and functions within a civic organization to meet its mission. Students in the Civic Engagement track will develop the ability to research and analyze rhetorical strategies within specific genres and organizations, a voice to advocate for issues, and the skills and confidence to succeed in the professional world. Some may utilize the opportunity to practice professional writing through internships with organizations and businesses in the local community. Internships offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on training and knowledge in a field of their interest. Because the Civic Engagement track admits only 25 students each year, the classes are small and have a strong emphasis on discussion and group work. Students in Civic Engagement not only learn how to write independently, but also have the opportunity to work on group projects with like-minded classmates.
We educate students about writing for civic engagement, including theoretical concepts about relevant genres and specific writing skills.
We inspire students to be passionate and engaged in civic dialogue. Students learn effective writing styles and specific genres used in civic writing.
Our students take action in their communities through internships with local community organizations.