The Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement allows students to deepen their understanding of communities and develop skills for principled and effective engagement. The minor is designed to provide a foundational knowledge and skills for participation in communities, regardless of the student’s primary field of study.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 - Foundations of Community Engagement plus 21 additional units chosen from the three course lists below. 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). The courses presented for the minor must include choices from at least two different Faculties (Social Sciences, Humanities, etc.). 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 in Community Engagement if they meet the criteria of one of List A, List B, or List B below. Faculty, staff, 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 in 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 undertaking a thesis course that normally does not require community engagement may elect to work in partnership with a community group as a central component of the thesis. A thesis structured in this way may be eligible for credit toward 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.)