Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor

The CASC minor is for students interested in developing knowledge, skills, and experiences in community action and social change. Since its launch in Winter 2010, over 600 students have declared the CASC minor.


The CASC Minor is open to students enrolled in:

  • College of LSA
  • College of Engineering
  • Ford School of Public Policy
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Music, Theater & Dance

Don't see your school or college listed but interested in declaring the minor? Email us at to find out how you can declare CASC.

The multidisciplinary 16 credit minor will prepare students to:

  • examine community action and social change using a multidisciplinary framework
  • address community action and social change in multilingual and multicultural communities
  • integrate social justice values into the community action and social change processes
  • engage in service learning to promote community action and social change.

CASC Newsletter

CASC sends out a weekly newsletter on Mondays with the latest on social justice events, classes, job openings and more!

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Advising Hours

Come meet with an academic advisor!

Drop in Advising Hours
Mondays, 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesdays, 10 am - 1 pm
Rooms 3831 and 3833

If you are planning to declare the CASC minor, you should attend an info session and complete an online declaration form prior to meeting with an advisor.


  1. Sarah Hong and Amanda Champagne (CASC students) Featured in The New York Times on Campus Sexual Assault

    September 28, 2015

    Sarah Hong and Amanda Champagne (CASC students) was featured in The New York Times article, "On the Front Line of Campus Sexual Misconduct".

  2. CASC minor student Munmun Khan featured in Huffington Post

    September 20, 2013

    Munmun Khan, a CASC minor student, is featured in the Huffington Post for her blog on racism, Islamophobia and the Miss America pageant.

See All CASC Undergraduate News Posts »

CASC Events

  1. MSW General Information Session for CASC Preferred Admissions »

    October 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Interested in learning more about receiving a masters degree in social work? Come to this event to learn more! Please note, this event is only open to declared CASC minors who are interested in the preferred admissions program. RSVP by emailing

  2. DECLARE Retreat »

    October 24, 2015 - 9:00am to October 25, 2015 1:00pm

    CASC is in its second year of hosting the DECLARE retreat. The retreat will focus around critical social identity reflection, community engagement, and self-development. All students interested in learning more about the retreat can email

Featured Stories

  • CASC Complements Technology Programs

    CASC Complements Technology Programs

    Jake Heller combines a biomedical engineering major with a Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor, a program for students interested in developing knowledge, skills, and experiences in community action and social change. Some might consider this an unlikely combination, bringing together right brain and left brain thinking, and yet Heller discovered this is exactly what he wanted as he searched for a program with a leadership focus.

    “I like the opportunity to explore identity based learning and better understand how people are integral in developing technology,” Heller said. “The purpose of science is to make life better for people, but if we don’t understand the people we’re creating for, then we really miss a big piece of a potentially successful outcome.”

    Through the CASC program, Heller has learned to appreciate the importance of thinking about the work, how people treat one another based on privilege and circumstances, and how all of that feeds into the process of developing technology.

    Heller grew up in a family of low socioeconomic status in Indiana where he attended a selfdescribed inner city, low-income high school in an underprivileged area. He chose his biomedical engineering major based on his interest and on the potential income he would earn after graduation.

    His experience with the CASC program game him a better understanding of how others perceive him based on his social identities.

    “Not only did the CASC program help me understand myself, but it also taught me how other people see me,” Heller said.

    A component of Heller’s CASC program was working with the Summer Youth Dialogues program in metro Detroit, where he facilitated dialogues with high school students in the city and suburbs.

    “At the beginning of the program, I didn’t fully appreciate why we were working with students of the same race/ethnicity as ourselves, and then I realized that I wouldn’t have been ready to work with another group of students with a different racial/ethnic identity, until I understood my self…and where I came from…and that was powerful,” Heller said.

    I’m more than the sum of my identities and U-M has helped me head into the right direction for whatever that path might be.

    Heller has learned that he is often perceived differently based on his living and working situation.

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