Social Services Degree Program (Community Change Studies Option)

The degree option in Community Change Studies will prepare students for careers in community and youth organizing, community development, community-based service delivery, and community partnership development, as well as for careers with nonprofit organizations and public agencies for which community outreach and involvement are critical strategies.


Upon successful completion of the Community Change Studies Option, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1.    Community organizing as it applies to macro-social work, social policy and community politics
2.    Theories of communities and different types of communities that exist in the United States
3.    Local and state government, the local economy, demographic and social trends as they relate to issues of race, income, and community-building
4.    How to conduct action research, participatory and other research methods utilized by community organizing agencies
5.    How to motivate and organize people, involve them in positive efforts to improve the community, and increase opportunities for young people, families, and other social groups
6.    Community problem solving skills and other skills (political and interpersonal)

Please read the following information regarding service learning. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience of our students. Students enrolled in courses that are designated SL (service learning courses) are required to conduct 25 hours of community service (per course). Details of the actual service learning experience will be provided by the course instructors. Students are expected to conduct service learning hours inside and outside the institution. Note that the service learning assignment is required of all students registered in the course.

At Capital Community College, service learning is incorporated in four courses (they have been designated with SL) by offering students individual service opportunities or by creating project-based service activities for a group of students or for the entire class. Service learning hours can be done at the college or in the community.


† ENG* 101 Composition 3
IDS* 105 Introduction to Community Activism (SL) 3
† MAT* 137 Intermediate Algebra 3
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications 3
† PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
† SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology 3
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature 3
POL* 101 Introduction to Political Science 3
‡ BIO* 115 Human Biology 4
PSY* 105 Group Dynamics (SL) 3
SOC* 285 Community Organization (SL) 3
SOC* 117
† PSY* 253
Minorities in the U.S. OR
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
† ECN* 101
___ ___
Principles of Macroeconomics OR
Free Elective ‡
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective 3
___ ___ Language Elective Level I 3
HIS* 107
HIS* 110
HIS* 213
HIS* 217
History of Puerto Rico OR
Caribbean/Latin American Political Movements OR
U.S. History Since 1945 OR
African-American History II
† SOC* 210 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC* 261 School and Community (SL) 3
 ___ ___ Humanities Elective 3
 ___ ___ Language Elective Level II 3
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met
‡ Students wishing to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the
free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution.