Association of American Colleges and Universities

Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility

Posted on March 5, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
1:00 p.m. ET

Please join our upcoming webinar, “Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility,” on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

AAC&U is pleased to announce the latest webinar in a series that highlights the work being done at colleges and universities around the country to address challenges and identify best practices for enhancing the teaching and learning experience and demonstrating the value of liberal education to prepare students to contribute to a diverse democracy and global citizenship.

This webinar, designed for faculty and departmental chairs and funded by the Endeavor Foundation, will focus on how departments can structure the design, expectations, and experiences for all their majors to expand students’ civic capacities while also deepening students’ learning in the discipline. Led by practitioners who have already implemented such departmental designs, participants can learn how departments adapted their curricula by developing civic-centered learning goals; mapping out levels of learning over time, and creating opportunities for applying disciplinary knowledge to address large public challenges.

Learning Goals for Webinar Participants:

  • Gather concrete suggestions for how to initiate department-wide discussions about incorporating civic learning and public responsibility as integral to the major
  • See a variety of ways civic learning can be deftly woven into disciplinary learning outcomes for the departmental major
  • Multiply the variety of approaches for mapping a civic lens across different levels in a student’s major over time
  • Amplify the range of courses that honor disciplinary language, methods, and purpose, while enhancing students’ sense of responsibility to a larger good
  • Enhance knowledge about how the hands-on application of disciplinary understanding can help address society’s and the world’s challenges

Webinar Details
Date: April 3, 2018
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm, ET
Cost: Free for AAC&U members; $100 for nonmembers


  • Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, AAC&U


  • Lois-Ann Kuntz, Professor of Psychology, Chair of Arts and Letters University of Maine at Machias
  • David A. Reichard,  Chair and Professor of History and Legal Studies in School of Humanities and Communication,  California State University–Monterey Bay

We hope that this webinar, along with the innovative examples highlighted in AAC&U’s latest issue of Peer Review on “Civic Learning in the Major by Design” and the corresponding online case studies, will lead all departments to adopt a civic lens for all majors.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar, and we encourage participants to send questions in advance to

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