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. 

To learn more, register for one of our Zoom info sessions below!

Information Session Dates:

Session #1 March 1st at 3:00pm
Session #2 March 8th at 3:00pm
Session #3 March 15th at 3:00pm
Session #4 March 22nd at 3:00pm
Session #5 March 29th at 3:00pm
Session #6 April 5th at 3:00pm
Session #7 April 12th at 3:00pm
Session #8 April 19th at 3:00pm

Click below to register for any of the 8 information sessions: 

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).

Here’s a master list of all the courses that count towards the CESC Minor: CESC Course Offerings

Please search the Schedule of Classes to view which term each course is offered. 


Course Information

One (1) Core course Community Engagement and Social Change 50XP or 100XP
Two (2) Community-Engaged courses Includes any community-engaged course (XP)*, service-learning course (SL), 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.

*Some community-engaged courses may have an abbreviated version of the “XP” suffix (e.g. English 4WX) if the course already carries a mandatory suffix. 

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, letter graded One (1) Upper Division elective course
Any 195CE internship course, letter graded One (1) Community-Engaged course
Political Science, History, Sociology, Community Engagement and Social Change, or Public Affairs M195DC
Does not count towards minor. P/NP only.

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



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 view the recorded Information Session (below) about the minor before applying. View our upcoming info sessions here!


What are the CESC minor policies?

Students may petition to apply one lower-division community-engaged course, one upper-division community-engaged course, or one upper-division elective not listed above toward the minor. Transfer students may petition to have a community-engaged course taken at a prior institution applied toward the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Do I need to wait to be officially declared a minor student to take CESC courses?

No, you may take any CESC courses (with the exception of the capstone courses) before you are a declared CESC minor.

Once you are declared, the courses you’ve taken that satisfy the CESC Minor requirements will automatically be added to your degree audit report. If they do not, please contact CCE Academic Coordinator, Christina-Marie Santillan for a DARS Request. Please include your UID, the name and title of each course, and the term in which you completed each course in the email.

How do I petition a course that is not on the approved list of courses?

Students can petition to apply courses to the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor that are not on the approved list of courses. If you completed (or are currently enrolled in) a course that you believe
aligns well with the mission of the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor, you can petition to apply a course substitution. To petition to apply a course to the CESC Minor, you need to submit the following
information to the Center for Community Engagement, at

(a)Course number and title
(b)Course syllabus
(c)Term and year that you completed the course (ex: Spring 2024, Summer 2024)
(d)A statement that addresses the reason you think that the course you are petitioning is relevant to the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor.

The CESC Minor Academic Coordinator, Christina-Marie Santillan and Dr. Shalom Staub will review your petition and determine the final outcome. Please allow 5-10 business days for processing. If your petition is
approved, Shalom will notify the CESC Minor academic advisor so that they can update your record accordingly.


Declared CESC minor students who would like academic advising should contact for assistance.

  • Quarter
  • Summer 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Winter 2025
  • Spring 2025
  • Application Deadline
  • August 23, 2024
  • October 24, 2024
  • January 30, 2025
  • April 24, 2025
  • Students are notified
  • September 9, 2024
  • November 1, 2024
  • February 7, 2025
  • May 2, 2025

Senior Capstone Courses

The senior capstone courses include CESC 191AX (only offered in winter quarter) and CESC 191BX (only offered in spring quarter).

In these courses, you will learn to identify and cultivate a relationship with a community partner.

Here’s what to expect:

You will learn about how to conduct community-engaged research
You will learn about different forms of community-engaged research that is conducted with and to benefit a community
You will learn about community-engaged research in the context of your own interests

Course outputs:

Community-engaged research proposal
Live presentation at UCLA undergraduate research week
Final community-engaged research project deliverables
The completion of a redesigned CESC minor e-portfolio

The capstone is an opportunity for you to engage with a community partner throughout the research project, including:

Formulating the research question
Designing the methods
Reaching out to participants (if applicaple)
Disseminating your findings
The project should reflect an ongoing conversation with your partner. It should satisfy both your capstone interests, and the interests of the partner

To read a selection of the most recent capstone research papers, please visit:

Capstone Policies

Community Engagement and Social Change 191AX and 191BX must be completed with grades of B or better. Students must have completed the core courses requirement, and at least one other community-engaged course prior to enrolling in the Community Engagement and Social Change 191AX. 

Students that are a part of the Astin Scholars program may have the courses Community Engagement and Social Change M180A, M190B, and M190C satisfy the capstone requirement. Students may petition to have a capstone sequence completed for their major satisfy the minor’s capstone requirement. Petitions are reviewed on a base-by-case basis, and are assessed by how closely the major capstone requirements align with desired learning outcomes associated with the minor’s capstone requirement. Students may also petition to complete the capstone under the guidance of a faculty sponsor through independent research, Community Engagement and Social Change 199, after completing 191AX. The faculty mentor approves proposed readings as well as length and scope of the final paper or project based on guidelines developed by the faculty committee.

CESC Senior Spotlight: Coming Soon!


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

Andrew Atkeson (Chair) Economics and Finance
Jennifer Jay Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rashmita Mistry Education
Amy Ritterbusch Social Welfare
Rafael Romero Biomedical Research
Ananya Roy Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography
David Shorter World Arts and Cultures/Dance



The Community Engagement and Social Change Student Advisory Committee (SAC) will be composed of 5-7 student leaders from the CESC Minor. The committee will convene quarterly throughout the academic year. This space will serve as a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas, information, and concerns among students.

Committee members will serve as three primary roles:

    • Advisor
      • Ensuring students have a voice in the development of policies and processes that have a significant effect on students
        • Providing input into and collaborating with CESC Minor and new initiatives
        • Appraising and evaluating the effectiveness of current and potential programs
    • Leader
      • Playing a leading role in organizing gatherings for CESC minor students to enhance the experience of being part of the Minor
        • Working towards creating a sense of community among students within the Minor
    • Ambassador
      • Increasing broader student access and awareness of the CESC Minor through outreach and marketing efforts including social media, campus events, etc
        • Participating in and promoting CESC programming, activities, and events

Eligibility Requirements

    • Currently a sophomore or junior in good academic standing
    • Must be declared as a CESC Minor
    • Must commit to AY 2024-2025 (fall, winter, and spring quarters)
    • Demonstrates a good understanding of the CESC Minor

Applications for the AY 2024-2025 Student Advisory Committee will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. 

For questions, please contact Christina-Marie Santillan (, Academic Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement.


The UCLA Center for Community Engagement (CCE) formed a Community Partners Council in 2023 to help us more fully integrate our partners into the development and assessment of our programs. The Council advises on all aspects of the Center’s work, including the development of reciprocal faculty/student partnerships with community organizations. Council members share their experience working with students and faculty, and the impact these partnerships have for their organizations and the communities they serve.

Focus areas for the Council:

  • Inform strategies to expand collaboration between UCLA and the communities of LA.
  • Inform the development of new and expanded methods of community engagement.
  • Assist with assessing the impact of CCE programs on our community partners.
  • Inform the development of skills, training, and management tools for students and partner organizations.

2024-25 Council Members


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

We are currently in the process of hiring a new CESC Academic Counselor. In the meantime, please contact for questions about any of the following:

  • Informational meetings for prospective students
  • Assistance with DARS requests or academic advising for declared students
  • General questions or concerns