Civic Leadership

About the Major

Civic leadership is one of IUPUI’s designated pre-law majors. Your coursework will include political science, law, public policy, leadership, ethics, and nonprofit organization. You can help run a city or state, turn community or political activism into a career, and make a difference in the place where you live. This major gives you the option to tailor electives to your specific interests, including politics, international affairs, or nonprofit management.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: management, negotiation, strategic planning, and team building.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Political action and civic engagement
  • Public management
  • Law and public policy
  • Introduction to public affairs
  • Urban structure and policy

Possible Careers

  • Attorney*
  • Urban or regional planner
  • City manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Legislative researcher or analyst
  • Nonprofit program manager

*This career requires further education and training.

Where could I work?

  • City agencies
  • State government
  • Nonprofits
  • Environmental agencies
  • Federal government

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business, economics, labor studies, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, sport management, and tourism conventions, and event management.

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