Quinnipiac University

College of Arts and Sciences Civic Leadership Program

The College of Arts and Sciences is a national leader that prepares graduates to take on the challenges of civic leadership in the 21st century. Students in our signature civic leadership program work to enhance social justice, build communities and become agents of change through experiential learning activities inside the classroom and around the world.

Empowering students to lead in the 21st Century

On left, Quinnipiac Presidential Public Service Fellows Chidi Nwuneli '20, political science major, and Judy Chicoine '20, right, all take a tour of Hamden’s new business incubator.

The Civic Leadership Program equips students to succeed in the classroom, across our campuses and around the world

The Civic Leadership Program enriches the experience for students pursuing any major within the College of Arts and Sciences. Working together with dedicated academic advisers, students will curate a course schedule that exposes them to new ideas and perspectives, challenging them to think critically about how to create a better future for themselves and their fellow citizens.

Experiential learning underscores every student's major area of study within the Civic Leadership Program. Opportunities abound for students to participate in on-campus clubs, travel alongside faculty for courses abroad and obtain paid and for-credit internships that prepare them to provide a nuanced perspective in careers spanning government, media, law, business, healthcare, nonprofit, social services and more.

How Will You Become a Civic Leader?

Serving the Local Community

Gaining a Global Perspective

Improving our Political System

Service Organizations, Groups and Clubs

The university's annual day of service, the most recent installment of The Big Event brought more than 800 students, faculty, staff and alumni together in giving back to more than 70 non-profit organizations across the state of Connecticut. 

Watch A Quinnipiac Minute from The Big Event 2022

Read the latest recap from The Big Event

Community Action Project is the largest community service organization at Quinnipiac University. In addition to co-sponsoring the American Red Cross blood drives and The Big Event, CAP holds approximately 40 community service events a semester. The group is divided into five branches, each with a particular focus area.

  • Best Buddies

  • Elderly

  • Hunger and Homelessness

  • Youth

  • Special Events

Read the welcome message from our co-director

Students for Environmental Action aims to ensure that people in our Quinnipiac community have a safe space to feel good about the steps being taken to heal our planet. The group leads activities and events throughout the academic year, especially during Earth Week.

Read how Students for Environmental Action celebrated Earth Week

As part of Rotary International, the Rotaract Club provides an opportunity for young individuals to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

The purpose of the Society, Life and Justice Club is to give all departmental majors and minors (sociology, gerontology, criminal justice and anthropology) the opportunity to connect with other students in an educationally-based environment. This organization promotes attendance for speakers and service projects related to these areas of study with the hope of uniting students who share the same educational and career interests.


This national co-ed community service fraternity extends the principles of the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America to college life to develop leadership, promote friendship, provide service to humanity and further our national, educational and intellectual heritage.

Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program

Two students talk at a computer.
Quinnipiac Presidential Public Service Fellows spend summer learning about municipal government

June 21, 2022

Five Quinnipiac students are spending the summer getting a first-hand look at how municipal government works.
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Live and Learn with Fellow Civic Leaders

Law and Legal Systems LLC

This Living-Learning Community houses students interested in becoming lawyers, police officers and correction officers as well as students interested in government policy, policing, corrections, restorative justice and improving the legal system. This community brings together diverse ideologies and perspectives for productive, respectful conversations about issues related to law and legal systems.

Learn more about our Living-Learning Communities

Albert Schweitzer Institute

The Albert Schweitzer Institute conducts programs that link education, ethics and voluntarism for the sake of creating a more peaceful and sustainable world. A dynamic presence at Quinnipiac, the institute has drawn notable humanitarians both to campus and to its board, and gives students of all majors opportunities to make a positive impact on local and global communities.

Learn how to get involved with ASI

Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C.

The Quinnipiac University in Washington, D.C. program gives enthusiastic students from a range of majors the opportunity to live and intern in the nation’s capital, the hub for American politics, government, international relations and national security. Our network is constantly expanding and consists of numerous organizations in the D.C. area, including national security agencies, congressional offices and the White House, as well as think tanks, news corporations, and public affairs agencies.

Learn more about QU in DC

Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles

Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles is a year-round program that allows students to live, work and learn in the heart of America’s entertainment industry. Los Angeles is home to the “Big 5” film studios, 10 professional sports franchises, major broadcast news network bureaus and a media market that reaches millions daily.

Learn more about QU in LA

Study Abroad

We offer programs in 32 countries, from Barbados to Australia, and that list continues to grow. Your options are varied, and include traditional semester-long programs, short-term, faculty-led courses and global service learning programs that emphasize solidarity, collaboration and engagement. You also may be able to take advantage of a growing number of global internships.

Learn more about Study Abroad

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