The Community Engagement & Social Change Minor

  • The Community Engagement and Social Change minor is an interdisciplinary program that creates a unique opportunity, through sustained community engagement, for students to examine strategies for social change.
  • This minor can be combined with any major.

Curriculum Overview

The Community Engagement and Social Change Minor (formerly the Civic Engagement Minor), is an interdisciplinary program that examines strategies of social change. It provides a unique opportunity, through sustained community engagement, for students to think critically about their roles in advancing a diverse democracy.

Students pursuing the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor must complete the following requirements:

Requirement Description or Course Number Units
1 core class
  • CESC 50SL or CESC 100SL
  • (Must complete with minimum ‘B’ grade)
4 or 5
2 community engaged courses
  • can include service-learning, community-based research, or internship
  • one of these courses can be lower division
8 – 10
1 course on a strategy of social change
  • can include courses on community organizing, policy development, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, activism, or translational research
4 or 5
1 upper division elective
  • the course should further prepare you for your capstone
  • can include a research methods course
4
2 capstone community-engaged research courses

(taken in succession)

  • CESC 191A (4 units)
  • (Must complete with minimum ‘B’ grade)
4
  • CESC 191B or 199 (4 units)
  • (Must complete with minimum ‘B’ grade)
4

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

Note for Civic Engagement Minor Students:

Students who were admitted to the Civic Engagement Minor Fall 2014 through Summer 2019 should reference the Civic Engagement Minor Requirements document.

Questions?

If you have questions about the requirements for the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor, or would like to outline a program plan, please contact the academic counselor, Erika Villanueva, at evillanueva@college.ucla.edu or at A-316 Murphy Hall.

CESC Minor Courses

CESC Minor Course List

List of requirements and approved courses for the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor.

  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better

UC Center Sacramento Courses

Students who participate in the UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) program can satisfy requirements for the Community Engagement and Social Change minor with the following courses:

UCCS course CESC Requirement satisfied
Political Science 192A:

Political Science Internship

(5 units, Pass/No Pass)

1 community engaged course
Political Science 195:

The California Policy Seminar

(4 units, Letter Grade)

1 social change strategy course
Political Science 196E:

Research Design & Methods

(4 units, Letter Grade)

1 upper division elective

Course descriptions and syllabi for UCCS courses are available on the UCCS website.

Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) Courses

Students who participate in the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) program can satisfy requirements for the Community Engagement and Social Change minor with the following courses:

CAPPP course CESC Requirement satisfied
Political Science M191DC:

CAPPP Washington, DC, Research Seminars

(Same as Communication M191DC, History M191DC, and Sociology M191DC.)

(8 units, Letter Grade)

1 upper division elective
Political Science M195DC:

CAPPP Washington, DC, Internships

(Same as History M195DC and Sociology M195DC.)

(4 units, Pass/No Pass)

1 community engaged course

A list of CAPPP courses is available on the CAPPP website.

Course descriptions are available on the UCLA Registrar’s Office website.

Questions?

If you have questions about the requirements for the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor, or would like to outline a program plan, please contact the academic counselor, Erika Villanueva, at evillanueva@college.ucla.edu or at A-316 Murphy Hall.

Apply to the Minor

Elibility:

To apply to the minor, you must:

  • GPA

    Required cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better.

  • Written Statement

    Submit a one-page, single-spaced written statement describing how civic engagement relates to your academic interests or career goals.

Application Notes:

Students who are interested in applying to the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor are encouraged to meet with the Academic Counselor for the Community Engagement and Social Change, Erika Villanueva. Erika is also available to discuss intended program plans for the minor.

Faculty Advisory Committee:

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

Jennifer Jay (Chair) Civil & Environmental Engineering
Andrew Atkeson Economics
Robert Chao Romero Chicana & Chicano Studies
Michelle Erai Gender Studies
Michael Lens Urban Planning
Reynaldo Macias Chicana & Chicano Studies
Meredith Phillips Public Policy
Ananya Roy Urban Planning, Social Welfare
Olga Yokoyama Applied Linguistics

Student Capstone Projects

The following titles are examples of capstone research projects completed by students in the minor in previous academic years:

Social Sciences

  • Who Will You Be?: Where Should the Career Development Path Begin and What Does it Mean for Your Future
  • A Comparison of Nonprofits and Social Enterprise Organizations in the Modern Social Sector Impeding Self-Sufficiency
  • How have self-help legal centers within California provided access to justice and addressed the access gap to the courts?
  • American Perspectives of U.S.-Cuba Relations
  • Like this post: Does digital activism lead to higher voter turnouts among the Millennial generation?
  • How might a perception of competition relate to political engagement for UCLA students?
  • Understanding Opt-Out Rates of California Community Choice Aggregation Programs
  • A Community Cultural Wealth analysis on Big Citizen Hub
  • Volunteer Learning and Engagement Outcomes in MEND’s Emergency Food Bank
  • The Use of Language in Politics to Describe the Poor and How it Affects Bipartisan Politics
  • The Effects of Immigrant Integration Programs in Los Angeles Businesses
  • Deconstructing Oppression: Women Empowerment Through Agency and Education
  • Interpretations of the Observed Changes in the Self-Concepts of Sex-Workers
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles: Cultural Competency Project
  • Grow Together: A Health Intervention Plan
  • Care Farming and Sense of Community with Continuation Students

Education

  • The Foster System’s Structural Flaws and Their Impact on Education
  • Student Veteran Data Collection: Interpretation and Utilization of Data in Veteran Resource Offices in Community College
  • Early Childhood Education: A Look Into Preschool Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • Women in High School Debate: A Study of Sexism and its Impact
  • Work Study and Service Learning: The Development of a Critical Consciousness
  • Do students with a structured military background overtly require personal mentoring support in transferring to a university?
  • The Lost ones: A Case Study of Continuation High Schools in Los Angeles
  • Challenges Faced in Predominantly White Institutions by Latinas in Higher Education
  • The Mathematic Achievement Gap in Middle School
  • Straight from the Third Grade: Student Engagement with a Cultural Relevant Literature Program
  • Social Exclusion in the Special Education System

Public Policy/Public Health

  • Urban Planning & its Effects on Minority Communities
  • Social Trust: A Bridge between Socioeconomic Status and Civic Engagement
  • The Political Feasibility of Congestion Pricing in Los Angeles

Humanities

  • The Queer Armenians: A Study of the Experiences of Gay Armenian Men in Los Angeles
  • Critical Consciousness Development: Disenfranchised Youth Engage in Social Justice Oriented Art
  • The Representation of “I” in Latina and Community

Sciences

  • Preventing Nursing Burnout

Contact Us:

Prospective Students

Dr. Doug Barrera 

Associate Director
Center for Community Learning
A265 Murphy Hall
310.825.7867

Admitted Students

Erika Villanueva 

Academic Counselor for the Community Engagement and Social Change Minor
College Academic Counseling
A316 Murphy Hall