The Community Studies minor is designed to prepare students for community-based research (click link for our information flyer!). Faculty advisors from a range of disciplines (e.g., English, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Hispanic Studies, Public Health, Government, and others) guide students in developing an academic plan to build community-based research skills and knowledge as an academically integrative strategy to support both learning and action. Community Studies aims to move students beyond experiences of volunteerism to critically examine the relevance of their academic learning in community settings, and in collaboration with communities toward shared goals for social change.
NOTE: All core courses of the Community Studies minor require Instructor's Permission to Enroll. Requests to professors for permission to enroll should include an essay (750 words or less) that articulates the student's intended topic and goals for conducting community-based research, as required by the CMST Minor and Declaration form. Click here for Fall 2014 Course Descriptions.
The Community Studies minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours: 12 core credit courses (an introductory, community engaged learning courses, in Sharpe for first year students or an introductory seminar for all levels; Methods in Community-Based Research; and Critical Engagement in Context - theory), at least 5 credits in elective courses that directly related to a specified research plan, and completion of capstone, independent research or an Honors thesis project in their senior year. Also required: a minimum of 60 hours in a sustained community engagement commitment that is directly correspondent to student's indicated research interest.