The Community Action and Social Change minor prepares students to participate in collective efforts to create a more equitable and just society. While reflecting on our own social identities, sense of belonging, and civic responsibilities we critically analyze structural injustice to understand how larger social forces impact people’s opportunities and lived experiences. Students engage with schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Working alongside community leaders, students learn through practice and the wisdom of our local communities.
The minor consists of is 16 units or four classes. Half of these units are completed by taking any two designated Service-Learning classes. Many classes double-dip with major requirements.
To complete to minor requirements students take the following courses:
- Theory and Practice for Community Action and Social Change
- Community Engaged Research Methodology and Project Design
- Two Service-Learning designated courses
The CASC minor enhances any major and provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable experience inspiring career paths while building networks, stronger resumés, and stronger graduate school applications.
CASC minors have the experience, knowledge and skills which is very desirable for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, think tanks, human rights and peace organizations, legislative advocacy education, law/criminal justice, healthcare and many other fields.
Alumni have gone on to do work for non-profit and government organizations such as Canal Alliance, Bridge the Gap, Novato Teen Clinic and the Peace Corps.
Pursuing the CASC minor at Dominican gave me the opportunity to expand my worldview and diversify my knowledge and approach towards community engagement.
– Kate Lagera '22