BDIC's Civic Engagement Track

What is CivX?

CivX is shorthand for BDIC's Civic Engagement track.  CivX students are BDIC majors whose concentrations are in civic engagement, plus something else. This “X” might be e.g. the arts, environmental justice, social entrepreneurship, community health, information technology, or whatever discipline you would like to combine with civic engagement.  The BDIC CivX track was developed in collaboration with UMass Amherst's Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.

BDIC majors who complete the CivX requirements will have the "Civic Engagement" designation noted on there diplomas. 

Visit the BDIC office for a one-page handout describing the CivX track.

CivX Track Requirements

CivX students must fulfill all the requirements for the BDIC major as well as additional requirements specific to the CivX track.

The BDIC major begins with a 1-credit Proposal Writing class (BDIC 396P) where students formulate their concentrations and choose a faculty sponsor. A concentration must have a unified theme and draw courses from at least 3 different academic areas. It must include a minimum of 12 courses, totaling at least 36 credits, at the 300 level or higher.  


The additional requirements for the CivX track are as follows.

  • At least one course from each of the five core Civic Engagement areas - Civics and Political Theory, Civic Leadership and Community Organization, Public Policy, Issues of Social Justice, Diverse Publics. Please note that these courses will count towards your overall BDIC major requirements, only if they are at the 300 level or above.

  • At least 18 credits at the 300 level or higher in your area of concentration - how you have filled in the “X” in CivX.  These courses will count towards your overall BDIC major requirements.

  • At least 4 of the above classes must be Service-Learning (SL) courses.

  • A capstone course, which may be an internship (3 credits or more) or an SL Honors Capstone course (either an individual capstone or Capstone Experience course).  This course will count towards your overall BDIC major requirements.