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
Senior Capstone in Community Research
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 Southeast Michigan
Immigrant Cultures and Gender
Project Management and 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

 Please visit the Academic Service Learning (ASL) webpage for approved ASL courses.

  • 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).
  • The use of transfer credit, field placements, internships, seminars, S/E graded courses, and independent study/research courses is limited to 3 credits in a 12 credit hour minor/concentration and 6 credits in a 15 credit hour and above minor/concentration.
  • Courses within a minor/concentration cannot be taken as Pass/Fail (P/F).
  • 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.