Last update: December 15, 2009

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Welcome to the University of Maryland CIVICUS Living and Learning Program, a two-year living and learning program in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

CIVICUS is an academic citation program centered around 5 tenets of civil society: citizenship, leadership, community building in a diverse society, scholarship, and community service-learning.

Our program is founded on the assumption that to be engaged members of civil society we have an obligation to be aware of the world outside of the classroom. Therefore, our courses and activities are intricately linked with each other and the campus, local, and national communities. CIVICUS Associates (first and second year students in the program) enrich their academic work and explore career opportunities by volunteering with non-profit organizations, creating their own community service projects, and participating in internships 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 common service and other 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 Alums.

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.