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Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership

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Phone: (209) 946-7444
Location: WPC 242

Vacant, Director

Minors Offered

Civic Leadership
Helping Professions
Public Affairs

The Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership encourages students to engage in civic life and leadership development through varying curricular and co-curricular options including opportunities for learning which introduce them to urban life and public issues through community service.

Jacoby Center cooperates with the Governmental Affairs Program of the McGeorge School of Law and the Washington Center in Washington, DC, to provide off-campus semester long study and experiential learning opportunities for Pacific undergraduates. Minor programs in the Helping Professions and Public Affairs are also offered through the Center.

The Civic Leadership minor is designed to prepare participants to assume positions of leadership in governmental and non-profit organizations. The curriculum addresses significant aspects of management in the public and not-for-profit sectors and invites undergraduates to study with adult students currently employed in these sectors. Special attention is given to the connection between the workplace and social science theory. Courses are taught by Pacific faculty with the assistance of community leaders. The capstone course is a field study, consisting in a research project focused on public or community service. The program can be completed in a year and is offered in eight week modules so that two courses can be easily completed in one semester. To facilitate the participation of adult students enrolled in the program through the Center for Professional and Continuing Education, courses are usually held once a week in the evening. Students must be admitted into the program as enrollment is limited. Interested students should seek applications from the Jacoby Center office.

The Helping Professions Minor exposes students to interdisciplinary knowledge, theory and practice related to the full range of health, social and education services for individuals and their families. The minor enables students to explore career interests in one of the contributing professions and the collaboration and connections between that profession and other helping professions. Jacoby Center is particularly committed to nonprofit and governmental organizations, and most health, social and education services are provided through governmental and/or non-profit agencies.

The Center also offers a minor in Public Affairs which enables students to integrate studies in public issues with disciplinary study in a variety of majors. This cross-disciplinary minor is designed to prepare students for advanced study and professional careers in fields such as government and public policy, education, social work, planning, and non-profit organization.

Students in both minor programs are encouraged to participate in the Sacramento Experience and Washington Center internship and study programs. Students make application to these unique study opportunities through the Jacoby Center to study and intern for a full semester either in Sacramento or Washington, D.C. Through these and other programs Jacoby Center provides numerous options for involvement in policy level activities with government, non-profit, and cultural organization at all levels.

Minor in Civic Leadership

Students must complete a minimum of 20 units and 7 courses with a Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the minor in Civic Leadership.

Minor Requirements:

JCTR 100Leadership Theory and Practice3
JCTR 110Public Outreach: Public Relations and Fundraising3
JCTR 125Human Capital: Building Capacity and Organizations3
JCTR 135Public Finance3
JCTR 145Research Methods: Analysis, Program Design and Evaluation3
JCTR 197Undergraduate Research (Internship in a non-profit or governmental organization)2

Minor in Helping Professions

Students must complete a minimum of 20 units with a Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the minor in helping professions.

Minor Requirements:

JCTR 075Introduction to Helping Professions2
Select one of the following:2-4
Service Learning Practicum
Service Learning Practicum
At least 14 units from the following:14
Learner-Centered Concerns
Equity and Inclusion in Physical Education
Motor Learning
Music as Therapy: A Survey of Clinical Applications
Basic Skills for Music Therapists and Allied Professionals
Behavioral Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Adulthood and Aging
Child Mental Health
Couples and Family Therapy
Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology
Biomedical Ethics
Introduction to Communication Disorders
Audiology
Urban Society
Introduction to Social Services
Sociology of Health and Illness
The Exceptional Child
Building Family-Professional Partnerships

Note: 1) Limit of 2 courses per department will count towards these electives.

Minor in Public Affairs

Students must complete a minimum of 24 units and 6 courses with a Pacific minor grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the minor in public affairs.

Minor Requirements:

Select two of the following introduction to field courses:8
Urban Government
California Government and Politics
Urban Society
Select one of the following methods courses:4
Communication Research Methods
Empirical Methods
Econometrics
Political Science Research
Introduction to Research in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Social Research Methods
Select two of the following:8
Intercultural Communication
Public Finance
Urban Economics
Special Topics
Sport, Culture and U.S. Society
Select one of the following experiential/independent learning courses:1-4
JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research

Note: 1) 16 units must be completed at Pacific.

Experiential/Independent Learning

JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship2-4
JCTR 191Independent Study2 or 4
JCTR 197Undergraduate Research1-3

The experiential/independent learning options (JCTR 087, JCTR 187, JCTR 191, JCTR 197) are available to any qualified student and may be repeated for credit. They need not be taken only to complete minor requirements. Jacoby Center also sponsors periodic Special Topics study options depending on current Center service or research projects which may also meet Helping Professions or Public Affairs minor requirements. Although not required for students who seek to participate, these minors provide excellent preparation for the Sacramento Experience and/or Washington Center programs. Students are encouraged to apply to these programs and may substitute the internships and seminars in these programs for elective and experiential learning requirements in the minors.

Sacramento Experience

Students apply to this program and upon acceptance enroll in a combination of JCTR 187 and JCTR 191 depending on the internship assignment and advising by the Jacoby Center Executive Director. Students ordinarily combine study and internship activities in Sacramento with other courses on the Stockton campus.

SACR 185Sacramento Experience Seminar2
SACR 187Sacramento Experience Internship4

Washington Semester

Students work with a faculty advisor in Jacoby Center to submit an application to the Washington Semester in Washington, D.C. Upon acceptance to this full semester, the student's typical registration will be:

WASH 185Washington Seminar4
WASH 187Washington Semester Internship4
WASH 000Pacific Washington Program8

Jacoby Center Courses

JCTR 075. Introduction to Helping Professions. 2 Units.

This course familiarizes undergraduate students with the fields that provide health and education services to individuals and their families. Students are introduced to various career options through panel presentations, discussions, and case studies which focus on prevention, assessment and treatment issues. Faculty from several departments that include Adapted Physical Education, Education, Music Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education, Counseling Psychology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Psychology present information on their respective professions during the course of the semester. Other related fields such as Occupational Therapy and Social Work are integrated into the course design.

JCTR 087A. Service Learning Practicum. 2-4 Units.

A service learning community exploration experience for students who want to work with at risk youth and/or other high need groups through direct involvement. Students receive training from Pacific staff and community based organizations in methods common to the helping professions, and work on-site in schools and other community settings. The course explores how the helping professions respond to human development needs and other social issues at the community level.

JCTR 087B. Service Learning Practicum. 2-4 Units.

A service learning community exploration experience for students who want to work with at risk youth and/or other high need groups through direct involvement. Students receive training from Pacific staff and community based organizations in methods common to the helping professions, and work on-site in schools and other community settings. The course explores how the helping professions respond to human development needs and other social issues at the community level.

JCTR 089. Practicum. 1-4 Units.

JCTR 093. Special Topics. 1-4 Units.

JCTR 100. Leadership Theory and Practice. 3 Units.

This multidisciplinary introduction course is the study of leadership and ethics, which examines the relationships between leaders and followers and the circumstances which enable leadership to occur and the forces that shape leadership methods.

JCTR 110. Public Outreach: Public Relations and Fundraising. 3 Units.

This course outlines the reciprocal relationships between the public and non-profit or governmental agencies and how they function within a regulatory framework which involves public trust and accountability, while having to raise funds in both the public and private sectors. This course will cover media relations, events management, and grant writing.

JCTR 125. Human Capital: Building Capacity and Organizations. 3 Units.

Students are introduced to the theory of organizations, how organizations are structured to accomplish their objectives, and how different models of developing and managing human resources can affect results. The course emphasis is on the practical application of organizational principles to administration and problem solving in the nonprofit and public organizations which make up the civic sector.

JCTR 135. Public Finance. 3 Units.

This course deals with the financial management of non-profit and public agencies, which includes budgeting, payroll and accounting practices. This courses also addresses the relationship between strategic planning and budgeting, and the development of investment strategies and policies.

JCTR 145. Research Methods: Analysis, Program Design and Evaluation. 3 Units.

This course offers a framework to assist managers in designing instruments for needs assessment, organizational analysis, and outcomes assessment.

JCTR 189. Practicum. 1-4 Units.

JCTR 191. Independent Study. 2 or 4 Units.

Open to student with C average in major field with permission of instructor.

JCTR 197. Undergraduate Research. 1-3 Units.

JCTR 197A. Community Independent Research. 1-4 Units.

This course is an opportunity for appropriately prepared students to carry out community based research which meets the university experiential learning requirment, and which contributes to a body of knowledge suitable for presentation to professional academic or community audiences. Methods used may include observation, surveys, interviews, document analysis, experimentation, or other methods common to the social or behavior sciences.

JCTR 197B. Community Independent Research. 1-4 Units.

This course is an opportunity for appropriately prepared students to carry out community based research which meets the university experiential learning requirement, and which contributes to a body of knowledge suitable for presentation to professional academic or community audiences. Methods used may include observation, surveys, interviews, document analysis, experimentation, or other methods common to the social or behavior sciences.

JCTR 197C. Research Independent Project: Field Study. 3 Units.

This course is the capstone course which consists of a research project focused on a particular government or non-profit organization. The project will demonstrate the practical application in a working agency setting of material considered throughout the curriculum. Project findings will be discussed in seminar class sessions.

Sacramento Experience Courses

SACR 011. California Politics and Process. 4 Units.

This course introduces students to the actors, agencies, and day-to-day activities that determine California law and policy. The course will combine classroom instruction with guest speakers and on-site experiences, such as city council meetings, agency and legislative hearings and courtroom proceedings. Enrollment requires instructor permission. Co-requisite: SACR 187.

SACR 185. Sacramento Experience Seminar. 2 Units.

SACR 187. Sacramento Experience Internship. 4 Units.

Washington Program Courses

WASH 185. Washington Seminar. 1-6 Units.

WASH 187. Washington Semester Internship. 1-6 Units.