MAIS Community and Social Change Degree Option

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Community and Social Change Degree Option

The Community and Social Change Degree Option focuses on the integration of theory and practice to achieve economic, racial, gender and social justice through the transformation of local communities. This degree option offers students the knowledge and the development of strategies and skills to improve the lives of those who, historically, are most vulnerable and have been marginalized. This track is especially relevant for students looking to acquire practical skills that will help them become community leaders, policy analysts and/or social justice practitioners.

Community and Social Change Student Learning Objectives

Students pursuing the Community and Social Change Option will be able to:

  • Assess socially meaningful identities in a variety of cultural and critical contexts, and to communicate across social boundaries in a multicultural world;
  • Analyze and/or critique theories of race/ethnicity, social class, gender/sexuality and how they have been put into practice to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the past and the present locally, nationally and/or globally;
  • Demonstrate comparative research and critical thinking skills for understanding the range of lived experiences in local and global communities and to understand how power operates in society;
  • Evaluate various analytical and/or rhetorical frameworks related to various areas of study within community studies, and relevant to the world of work, civic engagement and community development.

Community and Social Change Option Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for students completing the Community and Social Change Option of the MAIS program:

Core Requirements

Methods Requirements

Thesis/Degree Project Requirements

Electives

  • Courses supporting student research projects, theses or practicums (10 credits from the Community and Social Change Electives List)

Community and Social Change Option Electives List

Students completing the Community and Social Change Option must select 10 credits of electives (two courses) from the following list. These courses should support student research projects, theses or practicums. Other courses may apply; contact the MAIS Administrator/Advisor for more information.

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