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.

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Advising Hours

Come meet with an academic advisor!

During spring and summer term, advising hours are by appointment only. Please email to set up an advising appointment.

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.

Featured Student

  • Loren (Lo) Lee

    Loren (Lo) Lee

    Lo grew up in Farmington Hills, MI where she developed a love for science and math, but sometimes felt uncomfortable in the primarily white, affluent community. Searching for a great engineering program she came to Michigan, where she later realized how lucky she was that Michigan offers so much beyond engineering. Through dialogue programs with MSTEM and the Program on Intergroup Relations, Lo developed the language and tools to talk about her previous experiences of exclusion and to help others understand individual's roles in systems of oppression. Lo became passionate about dialogues and facilitated multiple dialogues with IGR focused on socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. She continued to work with MSTEM, helping students from diverse backgrounds develop the language and skills to prepare them for their experiences in engineering...

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Featured Alumni

  • Mimi Karabulut

    Mimi Karabulut

    As a student at the University of Michigan double majoring in political science and international studies with a CASC minor, Mimi tended towards academic and co-curricular opportunities that incorporated public speaking and education. Having competed on the debate team in high school, she found a home in Project Community’s Urban Debate section. Weekly, she worked with students in Detroit to develop debate skills, improving literacy, lowering dropout rates, and promoting self-esteem. Like many college seniors, Mimi wasn’t totally sure where she wanted to end up, but she was drawn to teaching. Mimi landed a job with Aspire Public Schools in a teaching and educational residency program. Four months into the program, Mimi loves her life as a 4th grade teacher and masters student in Stockton, CA. With Aspire, a charter district that extends a traditional district's school year...

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