Community Leadership

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Prepares students interested in making a positive impact on individuals and society through meaningful work and careers in fields such as community and economic development, community organizing, and policy advocacy. Through this degree program, students learn the skills and develop their talents to become agents of positive, social change in various aspects of their careers and communities.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Examine the political systems and policy making processes (local, state, national).
  • Analyze power, privilege, and oppression.
  • Describe local issues, including the politics and the history of specific communities in the area.
  • Describe power and apply basic power mapping tools.
  • Explore interracial and intercultural dynamics of southeast Michigan.
  • Explore the major historical social movements in southeast Michigan.
  • Analyze justice movements for reform and liberation, and what makes a movement a movement.
  • Describe different community organizing models and cultures, including theory, practice, structure, and leadership.
  • Demonstrate communication, team-building, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate methods for basic data analysis, meeting facilitation, project management, and evaluation of projects.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete this course:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 26

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness: Complete one:

  2. Humanities: Complete 5 credit hours from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC, except SPC-131); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL), World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR).
  3. Math and Science: Complete 4 credit hours from:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
  4. Social Science: This category is satisfied by the Required Core courses in this program.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credit hours: 11

Required Support Course

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Complete as many additional 100-level or above courses as necessary to reach the 60 credits required for an associate in arts.
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


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Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
  • Marygrove College
Career Opportunities: 

This program prepares students for careers in community leadership, development and organization in non-profit and government occupations. In addition, the program provides a foundation for further study in social work, political science, urban and regional development, and urban planning.