Community Engagement, Minor

Program Description

The minor in Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the skills and creativity to solve problems in their own communities, and to develop students’ own sense of self collective efficacy. The Community Engagement program allows students to build their civic agency, their interpersonal, leadership, and advocacy skills, as well as their academic skills such as critical analysis, appreciation for diversity, and an enhanced understanding of community issues and challenges. The program is ideal for students seeks academic and hands-on opportunities to make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for citizens in the community and region.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively
  3. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of community issues and challenges
  4. Demonstrate the ability and confidence to take initiative to become involved citizens
  5. Understand knowledge relating to community engagement principles
  6. Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze problems occurring within society

Program Curriculum

Requirements:

A minimum of 17 credits is required for the minor, distributed as follows:

At least 6 credits from any of the following

(in consultation  with CEN facilitator):

ART 465*, ECON 321*, ENT 301* HIST 403*, HIST 405*, JRN 370*, JRN 371*, MGT 403*, PSY 125*, PSY 250*, PSY 420*, PSY 430*, PSY 380*

* = Indicates prerequisite and/or permission required.

Total Credit Hours: 17-18

Other courses, as approved by the appropriate department chair and the Community Engagement Committee using the Community Engagement course rubric.

(Optional and upon invitation only): The 2-credit course CEN/FYE 301, which may be taken more than once. The course is open only to students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher, and a nomination from a CEN course instructor.

Faculty

Coordinators of the Community Engagement, Minor program

Pauline Galezowski
CCSU Downtown Campus 103
860-832-0260
Jessica Hernandez
Lecturer
Social Work
CCSU Downtown Campus 103
860-832-2270