Community Leadership

The Community Leadership degree program 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.

Students, when selecting this program on the HFC online application, please select Community Leadership. The program code for this program is COMMLEADERSHIP.AA. Please note that the first two classes for this program are open and available in WebAdvisor for fall 2014. The classes are POLS/SOC 100-60 Intro to Community Leadership and POLS 101-60 American Government: Democratic Participation.

Why Earn This Degree?

Businesses, community organizations and universities are in need of students who seek leadership opportunities in the workplace, community, and on the campus. This degree will help build your resume and college application, and develop a pipeline to jobs in any "social change" field.

Unique Program Elements

The Community Leadership Associate's Degree is part of a unique partnership called the Community Learning Partnership. This is a partnership between Henry Ford College and community partners from the non-profit and public sectors in southeast Michigan dedicated to helping link your learning experiences to real-world opportunities for community change work. Students who pursue this degree receive mentoring and leadership opportunities with professionals in the community. Students will also gain practical, hands-on experience through internships and field experiences with local community organizations.

Program Highlights

  • Provides the education and tools needed to become an empowered leader in a democratic society.
  • Students will be well positioned to positively impact their communities and promote their own causes or programs through networking and coalition building with other stakeholders involved in community change.
  • Students will learn the art of working towards creating measurable change in their areas of interest through sustained efforts.
  • The CLP offers a direct pathway into the Community Change Studies minor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.
  • The Henry Ford course work could be a pathway to a Political Science Major, Sociology Minor, or a Social Science Major at Marygrove College

Program Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to perform the following:

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

Required Core Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
POLS/SOC 100 Introduction to Community Leadership 2
POLS 101 American Government: Democratic Participation & Civic Engagement 4
POLS/SOC 102 Foundations of Community Leadership 3
POLS 155# State and Local Government 3
POLS/SOC 295 Community Leadership Internship 3
*SOC 131# Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 251# Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society 3

Required Support Courses

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SPC 131## Fundamentals of Speaking 3
BBA 133 Business Behavior and Communication 3
ENG 135 Business and Technical Writing and Research 3
MGT 231 Supervision and Teambuilding 3
MGT 240 Creative Problem Solving 3

* meets General Education Requirements
# meets Social Science Group requirements
## meets Humanities Group requirements

Elective Courses

Complete as many elective credit hours as necessary to complete the 60 total credits for the Associate's Degree.

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
American Society, Events, Institutions & Cultures**
Computer Literacy**
CIS 100, Intro to Information Technology
CLT 100, Computer Literary Test
Information Literacy/Written Communication
ENG 131, Introduction to College Writing 3
ENG 135, Business and Technical Writing and Research** 3
COUN 114, HPE 140, HPE 142, HPE 153, HPE 260 2-3
HPEA 117, HPEA 217, HPEA 126, HPEA 155

** met by Required Program Courses

Specific Degree Requirements

Course Credit Hours
Humanities Group## 5
Science and Mathematics Group 8
Social Science Group**

** met by Required Program Courses

Minimum Required Credits for Associate of Arts: 60

Potential Job and Career Fields

  • Community organizations
  • Social services
  • City and county government
  • Arts and cultural organizations
  • Elementary and secondary educational institutions
  • Urban/community development
  • Public Health

Getting Started is Easy

Visit the 7 Easy Steps to Enroll and get started at Henry Ford College today. When applying via the online application, be sure to select Community Leadership in the program selection area.


For more information about the Community Leadership program, transfer opportunities and career opportunities, contact:

Dr. Brenda Hildreth,
Coordinator of Student Outreach & Support
Phone: 313.845.9757

Imad Nouri,
Associate Dean of Academic
Advising & Counseling
Phone: 313.845.9750

Anthony D. Perry, PhD,
Instructor of Political Science
Phone: 313.845.6383

For questions regarding applications or admissions steps, contact:

Enrollment Services
Phone: 313.845.6397