Community Engagement and Social Change Minor

The Community Engagement and Social Change minor integrates community engagement with an academic context that enriches the valuable learning gained through meaningful work.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.7 or better, submit a completed application endorsed by a faculty sponsor, and submit a written statement describing how civic engagement relates to their academic interests or career goals. Applications are available in A265 Murphy Hall.

As they move through the minor, students compile a portfolio. They start the portfolio by articulating a plan for the completion of the minor that reflects the social issues, strategies of engagement, and local communities upon which they will focus their pathway through the minor. This plan is completed as the final reflective writing assignment for Community Engagement and Social Change 50SL or 100SL (for those students declaring an intention to pursue the minor). The portfolio is a repository for the products associated with their academic and experiential work for the minor, including a copy of their capstone research paper, and a critical reflection prior to graduation detailing their pathway through the minor and its implications for their future academic study and/or community engagement.

Required Core Courses (17 to 20 units): Community Engagement and Social Change 50SL or 100SL with a grade of B or better; two additional community-engaged courses (at least one of which must be upper division) from American Indian Studies C122SL, Arts Education M192SL, Asian American Studies 104A, 104B, 140SL, M166A, M166B, M166C, Chicana and Chicano Studies 100SL, M122, M134SL, M156A, M156B, M156C, Community Engagement and Social Change 100SL, 105SL, 108Sl, M110SL, 133SL, M134SL, 163SL, 165SL, M170SL, M175SL, Education 196C, Gender Studies 120SL, History M181SL, Honors Collegium 127, Labor and Workplace Studies M122, M134SL, M166A, M166B, M166C, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 180SL, Science Education 100SL, Spanish M165SL, Statistics 140SL, 141SL, M171, Urban Planning M171, 185SL, World Arts and Cultures 177SL, any 195CE course, or other courses that include a substantive community-engagement experience; and one upper-division elective course from the community-engaged options above or from African American Studies M167, M173, American Indian Studies C121, Anthropology 138P, M138Q, Asian American Studies M108, 141A, 141B, M143A, Chicana and Chicano Studies M122, 123, M127, M128, 129, M144, C179, Community Engagement and Social Change M115, 145, 180, Economics M135, 137, Education 139, Gender Studies M186B, Labor and Workplace Studies 181, 182A, 182B, Philosophy 150, C156, 157A, 157B, Political Science M105, 112A, Psychology 129C, 175, Public Policy 105, Sociology 113, 143, 158, Urban Planning M122, M171, World Arts and Cultures 100A, 100B, 144, 160 or courses that meet requirements for the UCDC CAPPP program or the UC Center Sacramento program. Students may petition to apply one lower-division service learning course, one upper-division service learning course, or one upper-division elective not listed above toward the minor. Transfer students may petition to have a community-engaged course taken at a prior institution applied toward the minor.

Required Strategy of Social Change Course (4 to 5 units): One course from African American Studies M167, American Indian Studies C120, C130, Art M186A, Asian American Studies M163, Chicana and Chicano Studies M127, M130, M186A, Community Engagement and Social Change M122, 150, 152, Disability Studies 111, Economics M135, 173A, 173B, Labor and Workplace Studies M117, M127, 152, M167, M175, 179B, Political Science M105, 141B, 171D, 172, Public Policy 105, C115, Social Welfare 102, 132, World Arts and Cultures 100A, M125A, or other by petition.

Required Capstone (8 units): Community Engagement and Social Change 191A, 191B, with grades of B or better. Students must have completed the core courses requirement, and at least one other community-engaged course prior to enrolling in the Community Engagement and Social Change 191A. Students may petition to have a capstone sequence completed for their major satisfy the minor’s capstone requirement. Petitions are reviewed on a base-by-case basis, and are assessed by how closely the major capstone requirements align with desired learning outcomes associated with the minor’s capstone requirement. Students may also petition to complete the capstone under the guidance of a faculty sponsor through independent research, Community Engagement and Social Change 199, after completing 191A. The faculty mentor approves proposed readings as well as length and scope of the final paper or project based on guidelines developed by the faculty committee.

The capstone experience for the minor requires an integrative final paper or project that incorporates the required curriculum and elective courses. It should address the intersection of a social issue, strategies employed to address that issue, and examination of those methods within specific communities of Los Angeles. The capstone project should be informed by at least one of the student’s community-engaged learning courses (e.g., the service learning course and/or the internship).

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.