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Community Action Certificate

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The certificate in Community Action is open to all SAS undergraduates who wish to add a dimension of civic engagement and community work to their academic experience. The Community Action Certificate program seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences, both within the classroom and in the global and/or local community, to become effective agents of social change and service to their communities.

Each student pursuing the Community Action Certificate will select courses and arrange experiential learning opportunities under the advisement of the Community Action Director. In conjunction with academic coursework as outlined below, each student in the program will engage in one or more experiential learning placements. These experiences could include but are not limited to: internships with local or global community/human rights/social service organizations, governmental agencies or legislative offices; study abroad experiences with a significant dimension of community action; research projects undertaken on the behalf of community organizations and supervised by appropriate faculty; significant engagement with campus-based organizations that serve the community; other types of community action projects approved by the Community Action Director.

Students may elect to pursue the Community Action certificate in conjunction with any major within the School of Arts & Sciences.

The requirement for the Community Action Certificate consists of 15 credit hours in the following courses:

Electives - 9 Credits

Theoretical approaches, historical contexts, as well as social, economic, environmental and political dynamics frame community-based initiatives. The knowledge informing Community Action is supported by an array of SAS courses including offerings in the social sciences, the natural sciences and interdisciplinary classes in the INS 400 Viewpoints category. Students with interests in Human Rights, Environmental Issues, Social and Political Change, Women’s Advocacy and Community-based Entrepreneurial Action will find clusters of courses within the certificate for further study. Students should choose electives in consultation with the community action director.

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