In a liberal arts context, we believe citizenship and scholarship are inextricably connected. This certificate program uses an intentionally interdisciplinary lens to make sense of social issues, and weaves applied scholarship, meaningful service, and collaborative leadership together to advance the well-being of communities near and far.

Why study Civic and Global Leadership at Sewanee?

The Civic and Global Leadership Certificate at Sewanee offers two tracks: development and human capabilities; and community and global health. Courses in the development and human capabilities track expose you to topics such as the intersection of poverty and environmental protection, community mobilization, political institutions, and policies shaping poverty eradication. In the community and global health track, you learn about the nature and significance of health care to human life and social development. You also learn about the effects of health on the human condition and debates over how citizens get access to health care.

Good Neighbors

Sewanee’s flourishing civic engagement program reaches beyond the Domain to prove that a crucial part of preparing students for success is giving them opportunities to interact meaningfully with the communities and people around them.

Like many good Southerners, Kelsey Arbuckle, C’19, is a talented storyteller, often adopting a self-deprecating tone. Take the time she got in trouble at Camp Discover, an after-school enrichment program that helps build resilience in at-risk children by helping them learn how to tell their own stories through words and photography. It was Columbus Day, and Arbuckle showed up for time with the children. “They love me,” she says. “They think I’m funny. So I said, ‘Do you know why we celebrate Columbus Day?’ They didn’t, so I said, ‘Well, gather round, kids! (Two beats ... ) We stole all this land from the people who lived here, and Columbus was the first one to do it!’” (Two more beats … ) 

“They told me I couldn’t say that to the children anymore.”


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A Sampling of Courses

Civic & Global Leadership

Programs of Study

Students select one of two certificate tracks Civic & Global Leadership:

Meet some professors


Jim Peterman
Professor of Philosophy and Director of Civic Engagement

Bishop's Common 201, Ext. 1482

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