Community Engagement and Social Change minor

The Community Engagement & Social Change Minor

The Community Engagement and Social Change minor is an interdisciplinary program that creates a unique opportunity for students to examine strategies for social change through sustained engagement in Los Angeles and beyond. It complements any major. 

Community Engagement and Social Change minor develops your awareness of social issues through active participation in the community.

Students pursuing the Community Engagement and Social Change minor must complete the following requirements (see table below).

For a list of approved courses to fulfill the minor requirements, please review the CESC Minor Course List.

Requirement

Course Information

One (1) Core course Community Engagement and Social Change 50XP or 100XP
Two (2) Community-Engaged courses Includes experiential learning (XP), service-learning (SL), community-based research, and 195CE internship courses

One (1) of the two (2) courses can be lower division

One (1) Strategy of Social Change course Includes courses on community organizing, policy development, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, activism, or translational research 
One (1) Upper Division Elective The course selected should further a student’s interests and prepare you for your Capstone research courses
Two (2) Capstone Community-Engaged Research courses Community Engagement and Social Change 191AX (winter quarter only) and 191BX (spring quarter only). Capstone courses must be taken in successive winter and spring quarters.

There is a maximum of 2 upper division course overlap between your major and the CESC minor. A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Special Programs

UC Center Sacramento educates California’s future leaders in the craft of politics and policymaking, while making the expertise of faculty of the nation’s leading university available to decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches of government. 

UCCS Course Fulfills CESC minor requirement
Political Science 192A: Political Science Internship One (1) Community-Engaged course
Political Science 195: The California Policy Seminar One (1) Strategy of Social Change course
Political Science 196E: Research Design & Methods One (1) Upper Division Elective course
For more course information, application details, and syllabi, please visit UCCS course website.

The UCLA Quarter in Washington program offers students the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC while remaining a full-time UCLA student. QIW includes a combination of internships, coursework relevant to Washington, DC, and making career connections at the national level.

QIW Course Fulfills CESC minor requirement
Political Science M194DC One (1) Upper Division elective course
Any 195CE internship course One (1) Community-Engaged course
Political Science, History, Sociology, or Public Affairs M195DC One (1) Community-Engaged course

For more course information, application details, and syllabi, please visit the UCLA Quarter in Washington program.

APPLY TO THE MINOR

ELIGIBILITY

To apply to the minor, you must:

  • GPA

    Required UCLA cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Information Session

    Students interested in pursuing the Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) Minor should attend or view a recorded Information Session about the minor before applying. Information session will be live on this website by Thursday, October 28, 2021.

  • Application

    Submit this digital application online by the Fall 2021 deadline, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and responded to between December 1 – 18, 2021. Winter 2022 application will open Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

APPLICATION NOTES

Declared CESC minor students who would like academic advising should contact communityengagement@college.ucla.edu for assistance.

FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Community Engagement and Social Change Minor’s Faculty Advisory Committee is made up of the following members:

Andrew Atkeson (Chair) Economics
Jennifer Jay Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rashmita Mistry Education
Amy Ritterbusch Public Affairs
Rafael Romero Undergraduate Neuroscience IDP
Ananya Roy Urban Planning, Social Welfare
David Shorter World Arts and Cultures

To read a selection of the most recent capstone research papers, please visit: https://escholarship.org/uc/ucla_communitylearning

CESC Senior Spotlight: Sam Glick, Undergraduate Research Week 2021

CONTACT US

Interested Students & Current CESC Minors

Students interested in learning about the minor are invited to attend a CESC Information Session OR view a recorded information session on our website. You may also email communityengagement@college.ucla.edu with questions.

Declared students should contact communityengagement@college.ucla.edu for assistance with DARS requests, academic advising, or other questions.

Note: CESC Academic Counselor, Maritza Sondhi, will return in Spring 2022.