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The Program

Required Courses: 

See the required courses here.

Students must complete the following core courses (10-credits) as well as three 3-credit electives, for a total of 19 credits.

Community Organizing (PSC 31147) is a 3-credit course that introduces students to community organizing as practiced throughout U.S. history, with an emphasis on grassroots, power-building approaches currently practiced in NYC. It includes an overview of the theories and methods of community organizing; case-studies of historical examples; discussions with guest organizers from community organizations around the city; and field observations of internal and public events organized by one of our community partner organizations. This course currently runs only in the Fall semester, on Monday evenings from 5-7:30pm. If possible, we strongly recommend that students take this course first – prior to Community-Based Research and Internship Seminar 1. See the course website here.

Community-Based Research (PSC 31051) is a 3-credit course that introduces students to the principles and practices of community-based research. It covers how and why community-based research differs from traditional academic approaches to research; and it explores the key principles, concepts and methods of Critical Participatory-Action Research (CPAR) both as an epistemology (or theory of knowledge) for “public science” and as a tool for community-driven change. It engages with local community organizing efforts, which gives students the opportunity to co-design and carry out a research project with direct relevance and application. This course currently runs only in the Spring semester, on Monday evenings from 5-7:30pm. If possible, we recommend that students take this course after completing Community Organizing. See the course website here.

Community Change Internship 1 (SSC 31300) is a 1-credit course that prepares students for internships with grassroots organizations that embrace community organizing as an approach to change. It orients students to the organizational landscape and day-to-day work of community organizing through panel discussions and skill-building workshops with community partners. Over the course of the semester, internship placements are made through a case-by-case matching process that takes into account the student’s particular interests, skills, schedule, and neighborhood/community connections, as well as the needs and capacity of our community partners. This course meets every Wednesday from 5:45-6:45pm and is offered in the fall and spring semesters. To take this course, students must either have already completed or be simultaneously registered for Community Organizing. If possible, we recommend that students complete Community Organizing and Community-Based Research prior to this course. For students who take this course in the fall, the internship itself takes place during the subsequent spring semester, with the potential option to begin during the winter break. For students who take this course in the spring, the internship takes place during the summer and/or subsequent fall semester.

Community Change Internship 2 (SSC 31400) is a 3-credit course that includes a 150 hour internship AND an ongoing weekly seminar. The internship provides students with the opportunity to engage directly with the theory and practice of community organizing and community-based research beyond the classroom, and to make a contribution to some aspect of a community partner’s work. The seminar involves reflection and discussion of lessons being learned through students’ internship experiences, as well as skill-building and professional development workshops with community partners; it meets every Wednesday from 5:45-6:45. Students must take this course in the semester following Community Change Internship 1.

 

We strongly recommend that students take the core courses subsequently, in the order in which they are listed above, which takes 2 – 4 semesters to complete and begins the in fall with Community Organizing. That said, in order to make the minor as accessible and flexible as possible for CCNY students from across departments, levels, and circumstances, we offer a range of scheduling options:

See the options here.

 

The 2 semester minor, which must begin in the fall
(for students with Partners for Change Fellowships and students approaching graduation):

  • Fall 2019: Community Organizing (3 credits) AND Community Change Internship 1 (1 credit)
  • Winter Break: Potential option to begin internship
  • Spring 2020: Community-Based Research (3 credits) AND Community Change Internship 2 (3 credits, including 150 hour internship)

The 3 semester minor, beginning in the fall:

  • Fall 2019: Community Organizing (3 credits)
  • Spring 2020: Community-Based Research (3 credits) AND Community Change Internship 1 (1 credit)
  • Summer 2020: Potential option to begin internship
  • Fall 2020: Community Change Internship 2 (3 credits; includes 150 hour internship)

The 3 semester minor, if you must begin in the spring:

  • Spring 2020: Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • Fall 2020: Community Organizing AND Community Change Internship 1 (1 credit)
  • Winter Break: Potential option to begin internship
  • Spring 2021: Community Change Internship 2 (3 credits; includes 150 hour internship)

The 4 semester minor, beginning the fall:

  • Fall 2019: Community Organizing (3 credits)
  • Spring 2020: Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • Fall 2020: Community Change Internship 1 (1 credit)
  • Winter Break: Potential option to begin internship
  • Spring 2020: Community Change Internship 2 (3 credits; includes 150 hour internship)

The 4 semester minor, beginning in the spring:

  • Spring 2020: Community-Based Research (3 credits)
  • Fall 2020: Community Organizing
  • Spring 2021: Community Change Internship 1 (1 credit)
  • Summer 2021: Potential option to begin internship
  • Fall 2021: Community Change Internship 2 (3 credits; includes 150 hour internship)

Elective Courses:

Students in the minor must complete three 3-credit electives that complement and expand upon the core curriculum and relate to the student’s major. Below is a list of suggested electives. Students may also get courses approved by the program staff.

See the list of the Elective Courses here.

  • Anthropology
  • ANTH 10100: Intro to Anthropology
  • ANTH 20100: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • ANTH 22500: Class, Ethnicity and Gender
  • ANTH 22800: Anthropology of Urban Areas
  • ANTH 22804: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 22900: Cultural Change and Modernization
  • ANTH 23100: Anthropology of Law
  • ANTH 23600: Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
  • ANTH 24000: Peoples of Africa
  • ANTH 24200: Peoples of the Caribbean
  • ANTH 24300: Peoples of Latin America
  • ANTH 24600: Peoples of the Middle East
  • ANTH 25400: American Cultural Patterns
  • ANTH 25500: Anthropology of Health and Healing
  • ANTH 26500: Language and Power
  • ANTH 27200: Anthropology of Popular Culture
  • ANTH 27300: Black English: Structure and Use
  • ANTH 31403: Women and the Violation of Human Rights
  • ANTH 32300: Islamic Cultures and Issues
  • ANTH 32400: Violation of Human Rights
  • ANTH 32500: Anthropology of War & Trauma
  • ANTH 32600: Anthropology of Disability: From Memoir to Ethnography
  • ANTH 33000: Contemporary Culture Theory
  • ANTH 35000: Race and Racism
     
  • Architecture
  • ARCH 21200: The Built Environment of NYC
  • ARCH 51520: Topics in Architecture and the City (e.g. Reading the City; Intro to Urban Studies)
  • ARCH 61550: Activist Space in NYC
     
  • Art
  • ART 21038: Postwar Art in the U.S. and Europe
  • ART 34200: Art, Place and Engagement: Harlem Convergence
     
  • Asian Studies
  • 20100: Asians in America
  • 20800: Asians and American Law and Politics
  • 21400: Chinese Experience in America
  • 30700: Asian American Communities I: Analysis of Asian American Communities
     
  • Black Studies
  • BLST 10100: African Heritage and the Afro-American Experience
  • BLST 10200: African Heritage and the Caribbean-Brazilian Experience
  • BLST 13400: The Harlem Community
  • BLST 14500: Capitalism and Colonialism in Contemporary America
  • BLST 14700: The Civil Rights Movement
  • BLST 15550: Black Studies and Black Psychology
  • BLST 17100: Roots: Seminar on the Black World Experience
  • BLST 17600: The Black Revolution
  • BLST 31103: Race and Racism
  • BLST/WS 31450: Somebody…Sing a Black Girl’s Song: A Study of Black Womxn* Musical Artists Interior Lives
  • BLST 31160: Women of the African Diaspora
  • BLST 31706: The Black Woman
     
  • Economics and Business
  • ECO 33550: Urban Economics
  • ECO 33650: Public Finance
  • ECO 33850: Public Economics
  • ECO 41350: Business and Society
  • ECO 43450: Public Investment Analysis
     
  • Education
  • The School in American Society: Bilingual Education in the Urban School (Dina Lopez)
     
  • History
  • HIST 31088: History of U.S. Immigration
  • HIST 31089: African-American Cultural & Political History: 1915-1945
  • HIST 31129: U.S. Family
  • HIST 31140: Documenting AntiGentrification in Harlem (cross-listed as BLST 31140 and PSC 31146)
  • HIST 31165: Crime and Policing in America
  • HIST 31182: Gandhi and Civil Disobedience
  • HIST 31346: U.S. Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST 32700: The U.S. Since 1945
  • HIST 36000: Women in Modern History
  • HIST 43100: History of Sexuality
     
  • International Studies
  • INTL 20100: International Studies: A Global Perspective
  • INTL 30500: Social Foundations of International Studies
  • INTL 31108: Transnational Feminism
  • INTL 31115/SOC 26700: Social Change in the Developing World
     
  • Jewish Studies
  • 10000: Introduction to Jewish Life and Religion
  • 31105: Jewish Life in New York
     
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • LALS 10100: The Heritage of the Spanish Antilles
  • LALS 10200: Latin American and Caribbean Civilizations
  • LALS 12200: Puerto Rican Heritage: 1898 to Present
  • LALS 12300: Dominican Heritage
  • LALS 12600: Hispanics in the United States: Migration and Adjustment
  • LALS 13100: The Hispanic Child in the Urban Environment
  • LALS 27100: Social Welfare in the Hispanic Community
  • LALS 31200: Women/Health: Latinas & Other Women of Color
  • LALS 31304: Gender & Sexuality in the Latino Community
     
  • Macaulay Honors College
  • 4 core seminars: Arts in NYC, People of NYC, Science Forward, and Shaping the Future of NYC
     
  • Media & Communication Arts
  • AdPR 10100: Intro to Media Studies
     
  • Philosophy
  • PHIL 11110: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 30900: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 34600: Feminist Philosophy
     
  • Political Science
  • PSC 12500: Introduction to Public Policy
  • PSC 20700: The Politics of Criminal and Civil Justice
  • PSC 21000: Urban Politics
  • PSC 21104: New York Politics (aka Activist New York)
  • PSC 21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PSC 21700: Mass Media and Politics
  • PSC 22900: Women & Politics
  • PSC 31108: Feminist Political Theory
  • PSC 31113: Argument and Evidence in Political Science
  • PSC 31117: Politics, Law, Families
  • PSC 31507: Politics of Immigration
  • PSC 31510: Land and Housing in New York City
  • PSC 31905: Politics of Work
  • PSC 32400: Politics of Protest
  • PSC 35550: Environmental Politic
  • PSC 37600: Marxism
     
  • Psychology
  • PSY 31150: Psychologies of People in Place: From Climate Change to Gentrification
  • PSY 31823: Psychology of Women and Violence
  • PSY 38880: Psychology of Women
  • PSY 41000: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Social Justice
     
  • Courses in the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • SOC 24100: Criminology and Corrections
  • SOC 24200: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 24300: Sociology of Youth
  • SOC 24500: Sociology of Social Welfare Institutions
  • SOC 25100: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 25200: Social Class
  • SOC 25400: Social Problems
  • SOC 26000: Theory of Social Change
  • SOC 26300: Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 26700: Social Change in Developing Countries
  • SOC 26800: Studies in Social Forces and Mass Movements
  • SOC 29000: Immigration
  • SOC 31136: Housing and Community Development
  • SOC 31181: Social Movements and Social Change
  • SOC 38101: Contemporary Issues in the Workplace
  • SOC 38107: Justice, Law, and Society
  • SOC 38201: Sex Roles & Social Change
  • SOC 38209: Sociology of Sexualities
  • SOC 38210: Sociology of Gender
     
  • Theatre and Speech
  • THTR 21700: Queer Theatre
  • THTR 21800: American Jewish Theatre
  • THTR 21900: Theatre of the Sixties
  • THTR 25500: Youth Theatre
  • THTR 31113: Contemporary African American Female Playwrights 
  • THTR 31115: LGBT Film and Theatre 
  • THTR 31117: Improvisation and Theatre Games
  • THTR 31120: Political Theatre History and Practice
  • THTR 31127: Arts in New York City
  • THTR 45075: Theatre for Social Change  
     
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Courses offered through the Beyond Identity Initiative
  • WS 10000: Women’s & Gender Roles in Contemporary Society
     
  • CCNY’s Study Abroad Program:
  • e.g. Summer Semester in Port Elizabeth, South Africa