The University of Maryland CIVICUS Living and Learning Program is a two-year program in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. CIVICUS is an invitational academic citation program created around five themes of civil society:
- Community service learning
- Community building in a diverse society
A CIVICUS founding belief is that engaged members of civil society have an obligation to be aware of the world outside the classroom. Our courses and activities are linked with each other and the campus, local, and national communities.
- Volunteer with non-profit organizations
- Organize community service progects
- Intern at the University or in the D.C. Metropolitan area
Creating a community among the 130 diverse and energetic CIVICUS Associates is also an essential part of the program. To this end, our students take a core of classes together, live together in Somerset Hall, and participate in community service projects. Though the citation portion of the program takes place during the students’ first and second years, many of our juniors, seniors, and graduates remain involved in the program as CIVICUS alumni.
In short, CIVICUS is a program for enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated students who want to get involved with the campus and local community to make a positive difference.