About the Program
The Community Studies program is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating scholarship and community engagement in both research and teaching. Since its founding in 1969, we have addressed principles of social justice and the dynamics of racial and class inequity as we explore constructions of community and their implications.
If you are actively committed to social justice, the major provides many opportunities for you to work on a full-time basis beyond the boundaries of the university. The core curriculum focuses on the development of academic tools for social analysis and field observation/participation while deepening your knowledge of specific histories and theoretical perspectives that are essential to the study of communities and transformation. Our model of field study immersion requires our majors to spend six months engaging with specific communities through residence and participation in organizations with a social change mission.
The range of faculty academic disciplines, research interests, and arenas of civic engagement permits the program to delve into cross-cutting contemporary approaches that color every aspect of social life. In addition to our permanent faculty, we also have lecturers who complement our full-time faculty in the areas of of gerontology, race and racism, and popular culture. The major offers Community Studies students a lively choice of concentrations in which to specialize, including
- Political economy
- Public health and health politics