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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 Music, Theater & Dance
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health

Don't see your school or college listed but interested in declaring the minor? Email us at cascminor@umich.edu 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.

 

Weekly CASC Newsletter

CASC sends out a weekly newsletter on Tuesdays 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. If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email cascminor@umich.edu. Please complete an online declaration form prior to meeting with an advisor.

Drop in hours will be held every Wednesday from 1 - 4pm in CASC Room 3831.

CASC Events

  • CASC Yoga »

    October 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

    Join CASC for a relaxing yoga session with certificed yoga instructor and CASC student, Carly Noah. Take of your mental and physical health with CASC. Check out our event on Facebook.

    RSVP here »

  • CASC/MSW Writing Workshop »

    November 1, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    This event is for current CASC students who are applying to the MSW program at the University of Michigan. Students will have the opportunity to review their MSW application essays with CASC alumni who are currently students in the MSW program. Please sign-up in advance for an essay revision ...

  • CASC Info Session »

    November 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Interested in learning more about the Community Action and Social Change minor? Come to this info session to learn more about the CASC community, what CASC is and what it can offer you in your undergraduate program, the types of courses you'll take, and the available opportunities for CASC students after graduation! 

    RSVP here »

Featured Stories

  • CASC Minor Leads to Extraordinary Education

    University of Michigan senior Mary Naoum is completing her Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree with a twist. Not only has she added a concentration in performing arts management, she’s also enhancing her education with the U-M School of Social Work’s undergraduate CASC minor. 

    Four years ago, the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor was created by the U-M School of Social Work for students interested in developing knowledge, skills and experiences in community action and social change. Since then, CASC has graduated nearly 200 students from the program. There are currently more than 250 students enrolled in the minor from nine schools and colleges across the university. 

    The CASC minor led Naoum to the Semester in Detroit program last spring where she attended classes and interned with the Matrix Theater Company in southwest Detroit. 

    Semester in Detroit was hands-down, the best thing I’ve ever done at the University of Michigan. It was the perfect way to not just be a guest in the city, but really become a part of a community.

    “Semester in Detroit was hands-down the best thing I’ve ever done at the University of Michigan,” Naoum said. “It was the perfect way to not just be a guest in the city, but really become a part of a community.” A year and a half later, she still interns at Matrix, strengthening her connection with the community

    The CASC program allowed her to work more on a management level while she assisted with a production, and planned a year-end event to help inform young people about environmental sustainability and safe environmental practices in their community.

     “I love community empowerment through the arts combined with the balance of community action and community service,” Naoum said. “These programs are such inviting entry points for positive change.” 

    Naoum’s love of theater arts combined with community outreach extends to her extracurricular activities too. As co-president of the Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop (MPOW), Naoum works with fifth- and sixth-grade students from Detroit Public Schools.

    “The students come to U-M to see a performance, and then engage in arts workshops with the performers afterward,” Naoum explained. “Teachers are blown away with the feedback they have from their students. The Beat-Box workshop is really popular, and the kids experience it as a real confidence builder.” 

    Mary has added programming to MPOW to ensure that Detroit students maintain that confidence. 

    “I manage MPOW’s outreach puppet troupe that goes into Detroit elementary schools to educate kids about Shakespeare. We also just added our first weekly theatre workshop with high school students at Detroit School of the Arts.” 

    What’s next for this high-achieving senior? 

    “I’m thrilled I was accepted into the U-M MSW program,” Naoum smiled, “but I’m deferring my enrollment for a year to live and work in Detroit. It’s important to me that I have real CASC experience before diving into grad school.”

    Naom couldn’t stress enough how the CASC minor strengthened her ability to do work in Detroit.

    “My world opened up with the CASC minor, and there are so many great things ahead!”

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