Requirements

Introductory Community-Based Learning or Research Seminar Requirement

Candidates for the Community Studies Minor must enroll in at least one community-based learning seminar which can be satisfied by a freshman seminar in the Sharpe program or by the sophomore‐level alternative for students who would like to do the minor but were not in the freshman Sharpe program: CMST 250 Introduction to Community Studies (Topic determined by teaching professor).

Core Courses Requirement

The following core courses are required of all Community Studies Minors:

  1. CMST 350 Critical Engagement in Context
  2. CMST 351 Methods in Community‐Based Research
Electives

At least five (5) credit hours must be drawn from the College's existing curriculum, in courses that will enrich the student's understanding in a subject area and advance their development toward completing a community‐based research project. Elective credit hours for the minor must be approved by a Community Studies advisor as part of the student's academic plan of study.

Capstone Research or Honors Thesis

All Community Studies Minors are required to complete a senior research paper, which can be either a 1‐semester independent study or a 2‐semester honors project. Either of these can be done in the department of the student's major or in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Community Engagement Requirement

Students are expected to engage in a minimum of 60 hours of work in the community that is associated with their Minor courses. Their fulfillment of this requirement will be monitored and subject to evaluation by the Sharpe Program.