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

  • Jake Heller

    Jake Heller

    Jake grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended an inner city high school. Following the footsteps of his older sister, Jake came to Michigan, where he found a niche in Project Community's Policy Debate section. Having benefited from the policy debate program at his high school, Jake wanted to use his skills and experience to help kids who were in his situation find pathways to greater educational opportunities. Through the LeaderShape program, Jake was introduced to the terminology of social justice and inclusive communities, and he found the language to describe his own experience growing up in a low-income community. Since finding a social justice community at Michigan, Jake is rethinking his career path and considering a masters in social work after he completes his engineering degree.

    Jakes tips for CASC students: CASC gives you the space to think about where you are in relationship to others and the community around you. Find the classes that are interesting to you rather than the classes that fit your schedule, you should take what is actually important to you.

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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