Community Action Minor

The minor in community action is designed to engage students in both academic and practical work that addresses the meanings of citizenship, democracy, and community in the United States and around the globe. Through study and participation in community-based research and service, students gain a more comprehensive understanding of the role of individuals and institutions in sustaining and developing a democratic society.

The minor has four components:
1. Communities in theory and practice (choose one of the following)

  • COLL 206. Organizing by Neighborhood
  • PSYC 246. Community Psychology

2. Methods for community learning: teaches formal methods appropriate to community-based research (choose one of the following)

  • ANTH 301. Ethnographic Methods and Writing
  • ECON 318L. Econometrics (prerequisite: MATH 107)
  • ENGL 208. Argument and Research Writing
  • ENGL 225. Writing Broad Street Stories
  • ENVS 275L. Methods in Environmental Science (prerequisite: ENVS 149L)
  • HIST 299. What is History? Historiography and Historical Methods
  • MATH 107. Elements of Statistics
  • MATH 114. Judgment and Decision Making (same as PBPL 114)
  • MATH 117. Visually Displaying Data: Graphical Literacy
  • POLS 241. Empirical Political Methods and Data Analysis
  • PSYC 221L. Research Methods and Analysis (prerequisite: PSYC 101)
  • SOCL 201L. Research Methods in the Social Sciences (requires a previous sociology course)
  • SOCL 227. From Hartford to World Cities: Comparative Urban Dynamics
Whenever possible, students should take their theory and methods courses before beginning their concentrations.
3. Concentration areas---The concentration areas of the minor give students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary area of interest related to community action. A concentration consists of three courses with a common theme, chosen in consultation with the minor coordinator. At least one of these courses must have a community learning component. In general these courses should come from at least two different departments or programs. Possible themes include: architecture, design, and community life; arts and community; community development and planning; community and public planning; communities in international context; community stories in words and pictures; culture and immigration; education and public policy; environmental policy and community action; human rights, local and global; public health and policy; or social movements and social change. Students are encouraged to study away on a program that features community-based learning; they should contact the OIP for more information.
4. Culminating internship: Seniors in the minor will undertake a one-credit internship with a community organization, chosen in consultation with the minor coordinator. During their internships, students will write a reflective research paper to be submitted to the minor coordinator and appropriate additional readers. The paper should demonstrate a thoughtful integration of themes and learning achieved throughout the minor.