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.
- 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.
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.
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:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete this course:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 26
Wellness: Complete one:
- BFN-130: Principles of Investing
- BFN-141: Personal Finance
- COUN-110: Human Potential Seminar
- COUN-114: Stress Management - A Personal Approach
- COUN-119: Issues in Personal Growth
- COUN-125: Life Work Planning
- COUN-128: Active Parenting
- Any Heath and Physical Education (HPE) course
- Any Health and Physical Education Activity (HPEA) course
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).
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).
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 Core Courses
Required Support Course
Requirements are Subject to Change
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Wayne State University
- Marygrove College
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.