Community Action and Social Change

The Community Action and Social Change minor tackles some of our most pressing issues today. 

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Program Highlights

The Community Action and Social Change minor helps students address social and environmental issues; develop critical knowledge, prepare for careers that contribute to the public good; and collaborate with communities to create a more sustainable, equitable and just world.

To meet the minor requirement, students take the following foundational courses:

  • Theory and Practice for Community Action and Social Change
  • Community Engaged Research Methodology and Project Design

Career Paths

Potential career paths for a graduate with a Community Action and Social Change minor include, nonprofit or government leadership, community advocacy, law, political science and anywhere where you will work with diverse communities to promote equity and meaningful change.

Degrees Offered


Course Catalog

Minor Requirements

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Community Engagement

Learn how we connect classroom, campus, and community through reciprocal partnerships contributing to a just, equitable, and healthy world.

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Majoring in Social Justice

If you are inspired to work with diverse communities to promote equity and meaningful change, the Social Justice major is where you begin your journey.

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Faculty and Staff

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Julia van der Ryn, MA

Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Social Justice
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Professor and Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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George Faithful, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Lucia León

Assistant Professor, Latino Studies and Social Justice
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Lynn Sondag

Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Laura Stivers, PhD

Professor, Philosophy, Religion, Social Justice Co-Chair Division of Public Affairs
Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of History
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Matthew E. Davis

Adjunct Professor
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Jocelyn Gomez

Adjunct Professor
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Lindsey Dean, PhD

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager

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