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The Bachelor’s Degree – ECCE Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) requirements in the areas of U.S. Communities, Global Awareness, Engagement Experience, and ECCE Speaker Series.

In political science, all majors must complete six hours of Engagement Experience – an internship program which emphasizes improvement of the student’s ability to learn from experience, career assessment, relationships between theory and practice, and realistic appreciation of public affairs.  The PSC department requires that students use six hours of ECCE credit toward the Engagement Experience.  Students fulfill this requirement by enrolling in EXL 300 (General Applied Study Term) for six credit hours.

The other 4 semester hours will be fulfilled by taking a U.S Community course and one hour of ECCE Speaker Series.  ECCE includes 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses. If a student can justify a different distribution of the 10-hour requirement, (s)he may claim an exception to the rule by petitioning the Political Science department.

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