Designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for participation in communities regardless of one’s primary field of study, the Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement allows students to deepen and expand their understanding of communities and develop skills for principled and effective engagement. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor allows for a broad knowledge base from which to establish relationships with a range of communities both locally and globally. Students are required to take CMTYENGA 2A03 and 21 additional units from the three course lists below, selected from two or more Faculties. To ensure a mixture of theoretical and experiential courses, students must take a minimum of six units from Course List A (courses that focus on theory) and a minimum of three units from Course List B (courses that provide the student with relevant skills) and three units from Course List C (projects or capstone courses that involve an advanced community-engaged project and/or community based research). More information about Community Engagement can be found at http://community.mcmaster.ca.
Please see the Course Listings section for a detailed description of the courses below.
Courses that are not listed may be considered eligible for the Interdisciplinary Minor of Community Engagement if they meet the criteria of one of the three course Lists below. Faculty, staff and/or students can submit a course for assessment to be considered as part of the Minor by contacting the Office of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may submit a request to receive credit toward the Minor of Community Engagement if they successfully complete a course that is not listed in the course lists below but has a significant community engagement component. For example, a student taking a thesis course that normally does not require community engagement may decide to work in partnership with a community group to form the foundation of their thesis.
CMTYENGA courses are administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
It is the student’s responsibility to check carefully for prerequisites, co-requisites and enrollment restrictions.
Students are encouraged to speak to their Faculty academic advisors about Faculty-specific rules on double-counting courses for the minor.
Selected from two or more Faculties; must include a minimum of 6 units from Course List A and a minimum of 3 units from Course List B and a minimum of 3 units from Course List C. (See Notes 2 and 3 above.)