The senior capstone course, Citizenship challenges students to move past study and contemplation to conscientious action.

Students are called upon to address social issues as citizens of the community, nation and world. Individual and group projects may involve papers, social or political policy proposals, development of and participation in service projects, or experiential learning projects. A Citizenship course is required for all Monmouth seniors, but a variety of different options are available to choose from each year.

Students make blankets as part of our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Students make blankets as part of our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Sample Citizenship courses

INTG 407. Monmouth’s Immigrant Communities 1.0 course credit

This course examines citizenship through the eyes of Monmouth’s immigrant community. Students will first explore the local history and politics of immigration, then collect living testimonies, or oral histories, of first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as local leaders in health, law, government, business, education or law. Through this experiential learning, students will bring information into action, working together to suggest avenues for social change to improve immigrant lives.

INTG 415. Media and the Self-Directed Citizen 1.0 course credit

An overview of how American media form citizen views of political and social issues. Information upon which civic action is based comes through media and civic action itself is becoming more and more a media activity. This course emphasizes the two faces of mediated civic action. Students will first analyze the constructed nature of mediated news and information and later discover the methods by which media can be used to join with others in accomplishing civic goals. Topics covered include: Print and electronic news, trends in “infotainment” (e.g. The Daily Show), political persuasion, and the Internet (Facebook, blogging, YouTube, etc.).

INTG 419. Delinquency in the United States 1.0 course credit

In this course, we will discuss our conceptualization of the American justice system, the implications of the prison systems on the United States’ society as a whole and within individual communities. Questions we seek to answer include but are not limited to: Are prisons meant to be punishment or rehabilitation? What is the interplay between seeking truth and “winning” a case among lawyers at trial? And what would our society look like today without law enforcement? To accomplish this, we will explore the justice system, such as the organization and functions of prison, the structure of courts, and social issues (e.g., race) in relation to legal issues from historical and economic perspectives.