Special Programs


Did you know that engineers design cell phones? Bring clean water to communities in desperate need? Build hospitals? Work on alternative fuel technology? And write computer games (among many other things)?

In our 3+2 Engineering Program, you can earn two bachelor's degrees in just five years—increasing your career options after college. Spend three years at Mills fulfilling the requirements for a liberal arts degree (typically in the sciences, computer science, or mathematics) while earning the prerequisite science and mathematics credits for engineering. You then transfer to the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) to complete your engineering major in one of the following areas: biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, or industrial systems engineering. Students who earn a minimum 3.0 GPA at Mills gain priority admission to the School of Engineering at USC.

Upon completion of the five-year program, you will receive a BA from Mills and a BS from USC. Learn more »

Institute for Civic Leadership

Whether you want to run for office or work for social change in other ways, the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) can empower you with the inspiration, knowledge, and experience to maximize your efforts.

The Institute for Civic Leadership is a special two-semester program designed to prepare you for active citizenry. Combining classes in civic leadership and social policy, an internship where you learn to analyze social and political issues, and the opportunity to conduct research, ICL will introduce you to the intellectual foundations of civic life and help you acquire leadership skills that will serve you professionally and in your life as an engaged citizen.

Working in internships at places as diverse as the Family Justice Center, the Center for Environmental Health, Upward Bound, the Center for Art and Public Life, and CodePINK, ICL students find that the experience helps them both focus their career goals and recognize their potential as civic leaders. Learn more »

Last Updated: 3/23/12