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Thanks for your interest in the CASC minor. In order to declare the minor, please complete the following steps:

  1. Attend an info session to find out more about the minor.
  2. Complete this online declaration form.
  3. Meet with an academic advisor. Make an appointment online or email cascminor@umich.edu.
  4. Drop in hours will be held every Wednesday from 1 - 4pm in CASC office room 3833 for inquires about declarations.

Please note, SW 305 is not a pre-requisite to the CASC minor. You may begin taking any of the cluster area courses before taking SW 305 and before declaring the minor.

Info Sessions

Prospective CASC students are welcome to join info sessions to learn more about academic course planning, requirements, and declarations for the minor. Info sessions for Fall 2016 will be hosted once a month in the School of Social Work room 1794 from 12 - 1pm on Friday September 16th, October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd. Email cascinfo@umich.edu for additional inquires.

The 16 credit Community Action and Social Change minor requirements include:

Foundation Course:

SW 305: Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change (3 credits, SS distribution credit)

This foundation course is designed to prepare students to be informed and active participants in the process of community building and social change. The course uses a multidisciplinary framework to develop competencies that will help students envision what community action and social change look like, identify and implement steps towards social change, build on positive sources of power, indigenous knowledge and experiences of individuals, groups, and communities who are engaged in social change efforts.

CASC Elective Clusters:

(12 credits, minimum of 3 credits in each cluster)

  • Context Cluster: These electives provide students with a range of context, theories and multidisciplinary perspectives to support understanding of various community action and social change efforts
  • Diversity Learning Cluster: These electives provide students with skills and learning opportunities to facilitate diversity learning to support community action and social change efforts
  • Action Service Learning Cluster: These electives provide students with opportunities to engage in service learning opportunities to promote community action and social change initiatives
  • Additional 3 credits: An additional 3 credits chosen from any cluster is also required to complete the minor

Note: Class substitutions may be made upon advisor approval.

SW 401: Capstone Course

Upon completion of core course and electives, students will enroll in a one-credit capstone course to develop an integrative learning project, in consultation with social work faculty advisors or other faculty steering committee members.

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