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civ.ics siviksThe study of the workings of the national and local government, especially as the subject of a secondary school course suited as training for citizenship.

Education for civic engagement and responsive governance were founding objectives of the political science profession at the beginning of the 20th century and remain essential for the 21st century. Supporting and sustaining quality civic education has been an important theme throughout the history of the American Political Science Association. We encourage political scientists to share information with their students and communities to increase awareness of public issues and to inform deliberations by sharing disciplinary knowledge on engagement.

Registering to vote is an important step toward an engaged and participatory citizenship. Therefore, APSA encourages ongoing campus voter registration efforts and student participation in the electoral and civic life of their local communities, state, and national government.

APSA offers a range of resources related to civic engagement, which you can find here, along with a collection of resources compiled from other organizations and sources.


APSA Books on Civic Engagement


Building on the 2013 book Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, this newest edition titled Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines (2017) explains how campuses can promote high quality education for civic engagement, providing a wealth of examples of successful practices, techniques, and assessment strategies. It focuses on best practices across disciplines and campuses, evaluating the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum. Read Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines here at no 

Editors: Elizabeth C. Matto, Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, & Dick Simpson
Check out the ONLINE SUPPLEMENT to the book which provides additional materials and resources on civic education related to assessment and evaluations, course materials, syllabi, and working with the community.


Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen (2013) provides an exploration of key theoretical discussions, innovative ideas, and best practices in educating citizens in the 21st century. Find out more and read a printable version of the book here. 
Editors: Elizabeth C. Matto, Alison Rios Millett McCartney, Elizabeth A. Bennion, & Dick Simpson


Click here to learn about the authors.
Online Civics Resources

APSA has assembled a list of resources to guide teachers through campaign and election season, and to encourage student civic engagement more broadly. 

↕ Resources to Encourage Voting

↕ Additional Civics Resources

If you have a civic engagement resource that you would like us to highlight here, please email [email protected]

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