As citizens of our communities and this world, we have a social responsibility to get involved, be receptive, and become civic leaders. This program bridges campus and community, bringing purpose to public service.

Why study Civic and Global Leadership at Sewanee?

The Civic and Global Leadership Certificate at Sewanee offers two tracks: development & human capabilities, and community & global health. Courses in the development and human capabilities track will expose you to topics such as the intersection of poverty and environmental protection, community mobilization, political institutions, and policies shaping poverty eradication. In the community and global health track, you’ll learn about the nature and significance of health care to human life and social development. You’ll also learn about the effects of health on the human condition and debates over how citizens get access to health care.

Community Medicine

A student’s years-long involvement with a local rural medical clinic fosters deep connections to people and place, and prepares her for a future career.

On a sunny Saturday in March, the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic is buzzing with the sound of circular saws, clanging shovels, and chatter. Emmie Chambers, C’18, and Kelly Baggett, chair of the clinic’s board of directors, greet incoming volunteers. The group of community members from Beersheba, brothers from Sewanee’s Sigma Nu fraternity, and others are busy tearing up linoleum, landscaping the front of the clinic’s new building, and renovating its bathroom to meet standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the main room, two sheets of plywood and sawhorses form a makeshift table that holds the day’s planning materials—coffee cups and carpenter’s pencils. When renovations are complete, a broad, solid dining table will take its place as the center of operations for health classes and other new initiatives shaped by the clinic’s holistic approach.

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My Sewanee Story

Watson Hartsoe

A Sampling of Courses

Civic & Global Leadership

Programs of Study

Students select one of two certificate tracks Civic & Global Leadership:


Jim Peterman
Professor of Philosophy and Director of Civic Engagement

Bishop's Common 201, Ext. 1482