Community Change

Minor or Integrative Studies Concentration Only

The Community Change Studies (CCS) minor or concentration prepares students to fill the need for talented, skilled individuals to work on issues of poverty, race and community-building. 

Our interdisciplinary approach offers students the tools to be critical thinkers, team builders, organizers and agents of positive, social change in a range of careers and in their lives.

Students work on local and campus issues, and explore topics such as social and political power; race, culture, class and gender; the history of social movements; and listening skills, relationship building and critical analysis.

A minimum of 18 credit hours of upper-level coursework is required

Required Core:6
Organizing and Leadership
Comm Organizing for Health
Sr Capstone in Community Rsrch
Select 3 credit hours of approved community-based research in any of the following: academic service learning course (ASL), independent study, internship. 19
Comparat. American Identities
Power & Privilege in SE Mich
Immigrant Cultures and Gender
Proj Mgmt & Leadership Skills
Writing for Civic Literacy
Public Comm and Culture Stdies
Justice, Crime and Environment
Heterodox Economics
Ecological Economics
Comm Organizing for Health
Women Leadership/Social Change
Civil Rights Movement in Amer
Labor in America
Immigration in America
Urban Politics
Environmental Politics
Organizing and Leadership
Revitalizing Cities
Urban Sociology
Political Sociology
Inside Out Prison Exchange
Public Argument and Advocacy
20th Century Public Argument
Gender and Globalization
Total Credit Hours15
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for the minor/concentration. The GPA is based on all coursework required within the minor (excluding prerequisites).
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be completed at UM-Dearborn for a 12 credit minor/concentration.
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be completed at UM-Dearborn for a 15 or more credit minor/concentration.
  • Courses within a minor/concentration cannot be taken as Pass/Fail (P/F)
  • Only 3 credit hours of independent study or internship may be used to fulfill the requirements for a 12 credit hour minor/concentration.  Only 6 credit hours of such credit may be used in a 15 or more credit hour minor/concentration.
  • Minors requiring 12 credits may share one course with a major. Minors requiring 15 credits or more may share two courses with a major. This does not apply to concentrations for the Integrative Studies major.