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Community Organizing and Development Minor

The Community Organizing and Development minor is an interdisciplinary minor available to all Metropolitan State University students with an interest in organizing, developing and sustaining community, institutional and social change.


The minor provides a holistic overview of the community organizing and development field including:

  • a focused field experience in community organizing and development;
  • an exploration of approaches to community empowerment and social justice; and
  • an understanding of the impact of public policy on low-income populations and people of color.

All Community Organizing and Development minor courses are taught by faculty members with long track records in the classroom and in the field. All courses incorporate examination of both historical and current forces and strategies in the community organizing and development traditions. Students will see the field and explore movements including: mutual aid associations, settlement houses, the community organizing tradition founded by Saul Alinsky, the community development movement, and the poor peoples and working class movements. Students will explore these developments in the context of globalization and draw connections between practice here and approaches in regions around the world.


The Community Organizing and Development minor requires 19 credits, including a four-credit elective course that is selected in consultation with the minor advisor.

Required Courses

Earning the Community Development Minor

To be admitted to the community organizing and development minor, students must meet with the minor advisor and complete a minor declaration form. The advisor orients students to the minor and provides consultation throughout the program. The College of Individualized Studies notifies students' academic advisors when the minor is complete. The minor is recorded on students' transcripts.