André Zhang Sonera
"The SPEA Civic Leadership degree program has been the key to incredible opportunities in my professional development. By allowing me to contribute back to my community and getting hands-on experiences with programs such as the Washington Leadership Program, this degree has opened up a lot of doors for me in public service."

André Zhang Sonera
Civic Leadership, BSPA '16

Civic Leadership

Do you

  • Have an interest in politics or law?
  • Want to help run a city or state?
  • Want to turn your activism into a career?
  • Want to make a difference in the community?
  • Support a cause or nonprofit organization?
  • Plan to go to law school?

Majoring in Civic Leadership may be a good option for you.

To prepare for a career in civic leadership, you will take courses in political science; law and public policy; leadership and ethics; and organization of government, nonprofit and private organizations. IUPUI has designated this as a pre-law major. You can also choose classes tailored to your specific interests, such as the political process or international affairs.

Complete list of requirements for the Civic Leadership major: degree planning sheet and 4 year graduation plan.

Civic Leadership sample careers

  • Congressional staffer
  • International aid provider
  • Urban/regional planner
  • Legislative researcher/analyst
  • Attorney (after law school, of course)
  • Campaign manager
  • Lobbyist
  • City manager
  • Nonprofit program manager
  • Director of a trade organization
  • Fundraiser