Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate

Connect your major to work for social change.

CEPS Certificate Students

The Civic Engagement & Public Service (CEPS) certificate is an interdisciplinary program of study that prepares students for a life of community engagement for political and social change. CEPS combines theory and practical experiences in a coherent framework for students from any major. Students take six courses from a wide variety of choices from several departments. These courses explore distinct content areas: Social Justice, Political Theory, Public Policy, Organizing, and Diversity. Through CEPS courses, students explore the complex ideas inherent in civic engagement and public service in an effort to build a more just and peaceful world.


Click HERE for CEPS Certificate Fall 2022 Course List by Department 

Click HERE for CEPS Certificate Fall 2022 Course List by Content Area

Click HERE for CEPS Certificate Master List by Department (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Click HERE for CEPS Certificate Master List by Content Area (Fall & Spring Semesters)



Candice Travis
CEPS Certificate Coordinator
(413) 545-5721


  • Connect your education/major to work in community settings that advocates for a more just society
  • Get hands-on experience connecting ideas and action
  • Explore a path to a career in the civic sphere, nonprofit sector, or politics
  • Receive academic credit and official recognition for public service done while at UMass