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05/13/19

New Minor in Community Organizing and Development

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements

The UB School of Social Work is pleased to now offer a Minor in Community Organizing and Development, open to all undergraduates. Become a community change agent – help build economically and socially just communities and work in unity with others to find solutions that empower citizens. 18 credit hours are required for completion.

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work with people engaged in community and neighborhood capacity building efforts. Because of growing income inequality and its consequences for under-resourced communities, there is an increased need for persons with expertise in these areas. Students acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferrable in many professional settings. Careers can range from lead organizer to community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor relations representative and much more.

Required Courses (6 credits)

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing (offered Fall 2019)

SW 230 Theories and Politics of Community Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2020)

Elective Courses (12 credits, must include four 300-400 courses from approved list)

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (offered Fall 2019)

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (offered Spring 2020)

SW 430 Grassroots Economic Development (offered Fall 2020)

SW 460 Strategy and Practice in Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2021)

Other department courses are available to complete the electives.

Students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no prerequisite course requirements for enrollment in the minor. Students are encouraged to have a declared major. By doing so, coursework in the minor will be more effectively focused.

Questions about the minor? Contact Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator Dr. Filomena Critelli.