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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! Schedule an appointment online or visit during our:

Drop in Advising Hours
Thursdays, 1 pm - 4 pm
Rooms 3831

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.


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CASC Events

  1. CASC Senior-Alumni Mixer »

    February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    CASC seniors interested in connecting with alumni and thinking through life after graduation are welcome to attend this connections event! Get advice from CASC alumni, ask questions, or simply hangout. As always, food will be provided!

  2. Experience Detroit: Social Change, Innovation, and the City »

    February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Interested in learning more about Detroit? Curious about the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and industry in social change work in Detroit? Join students from across the University as we engage with the city through dialogue with community members and activists, explore city businesses and organizations, eat delicious, locally catered food, and learn more about Detroit. *Note, this trip includes some walking. Please contact with questions about accessibility. 
    Email to learn more about the trip.

Featured Stories

  • Lauren Tinaglia, MSW '15

    • Practice Area
      Interpersonal Practice
    • Practice Method Concentration
      Mental Health

    As an undergrad student at U-M, Lauren Tinaglia studied Psychology and Sociology, setting her sights on earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology someday. But when the School of Social Work launched the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor program during her junior year, her vision for the future changed.

    “CASC exposed me to grass roots community-based campaigns and really reinforced my love for social work. I knew that I wanted to work with patients in one-on-one and group therapy settings, but social work specifically provided a way for me to look at all the factors that contribute to and affect a person’s wellbeing. Social work is the avenue for looking at the whole person.”

    Without the funding that I receive because of my GSSA position, I would never have been able to attend grad school. It’s a tremendous gift that has allowed me to fully concentrate on my program.

    Tinaglia holds a Graduate Student Staff Assistant position in the School of Social Work’s Career Services. She spends approximately 16.5 hours per week meeting with students and alumni to assist in their job searches, including providing resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and coordinating networking trips to help current students connect with alumni in cities across the U.S. As a GSSA, Tinaglia receives full tuition, a monthly living stipend, and health and dental coverage under the University’s insurance program.

    “Without the funding that I receive because of my GSSA position, I would never have been able to attend grad school at this point in my life. It’s a tremendous gift that has allowed me to fully concentrate on my program. It’s given me the opportunity to get a fabulous education, while at the same time gaining hands-on experience in my field. That’s so valuable to me as a future social worker.”

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