UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

UMass CESL Programs Open to All UMass Students

The Citizen Scholars Program (CSP)-  a two-year, 4-course, service-learning and leadership program that builds students' capacity to work for a more just society.

IMPACT! -  a service-learning Residential Academic Program for first-year students. Through this year-long program, students learn how to make a positive impact on the larger community around UMass and find a place for themselves as part of that community.

The Boltwood Project- For over 45 years UMass Amherst has been home to The Boltwood Project, a student-led service-learning practicum course that sends 18 groups of students each smester to serve with community programs for people with disabilities. Students attend three Saturday seminars during the semester and serve at their community sites one evening a week. Twenty student leaders are enrolled in a CESL leadership course each semester, and work with the Boltwood Faculty Director and a Graduate Assistant to oversee the program. The Boltwood Project is also a Registered Student Organization.

Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service - This undergraduate certificate provides an opportunity for students who are passionate about civic engagement and social change to combine theory and practical experience with off-campus communities.  Students may earn this certificate by completing six courses, chosen from a variety of approved courses, across five different content areas that provide a framework for learning how to be effective in building a more just and peaceful world.

CivX – A self-designed major that weaves together courses from a field that you care deeply about and courses from five civic engagement content areas.  This major is offered as a track within the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program.