Civic Leadership

About the civic leadership major

Civic leadership is one of IU Indianapolis’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: 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 IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

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

Possible careers

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

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

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