The certificate in Community Engagement provides a theoretical understanding of community engagement and an opportunity to explore the practical application of current best practices of community engagement. The certificate has been designed to develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of actively engaging communities in order to secure resources, provide human and social services, and/or evoke change. The certificate in Community Engagement is open to all students within all Colleges, regardless of major, as well as those from the community wishing to begin their academic journey.
Today’s professionals working in the nonprofit sector, acting as change agents or who are leaders of their communities, are faced with greater competition for resources within an increasingly interconnected community. This requires developing the ability to systematically design and implement processes to actively engage their communities in order to meet the needs of their stakeholders and achieve organizational objectives. This certificate emphasizes the practical applications and theoretical underpinnings of community engagement. These skills are helpful to those working in a variety of settings, including nonprofits, human services agencies, educational institutions, and/or government programs.
Students completing this certificate will meet the following goals in the 4 core courses:
Goal A: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the practical application of community engagement.
Goal B: Students will understand the theory related to community engagement.
Goal C: Students will learn to develop an effective community engagement plan.
Goal D: Students will analyze ethical considerations of community engagement.
Goal E: Students will demonstrate professional oral communication skills.
Goal F: Students will demonstrate competency in writing and formatting papers in a professional style.
Community Engagement consists of 18 undergraduate credits. Twelve (12) credits make up the core of the certificate program, and students may choose six (6) credits from a menu of approved electives.
Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 6 courses to complete this certificate.
SOC 303 Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 312 Community Health & Social Issues
SOC 314 Community Organizing & Advocacy
SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities
SOC 301 Urban Sociology
SOC 302 Marriage and the Family
SOC 309 Poverty and Welfare
SOC 318 Social Change
SOC 320 Society and Technology
SOC 323 Law & Practice in Human Services
SOC 350 Sociology of Disaster
SOC 351 Disaster and the Media
SOC 352 Crisis Communications
SOC 353 Environmental Sociology
SOC 404 Human Trafficking
SOC 405 Social Deviance
SOC 425 Child Abuse: Recognition and Investigation
SOC 459 Sociological Perspectives of Delinquency
SOC 464 Working in the Helping Professions
SOC 468 Case Management
PSY 301 Social Psychology
PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills
PSY 310 Community Psychology
PSY 315 Group Dynamics
PSY 364 Disability Issues
PSY 412 Crisis Intervention
PSY 453 Families and Crisis
PSY 483 Addictive Behavior
ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership
ORG 477 Introduction to Conflict Management
ORG 478 Mediation Skills
CRJ 206 Corrections and Rehabilitation
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 305 Women and Crime
CRJ 309 Correctional Rehabilitation: Problems/Alternatives
CRJ 322 Criminal Profiling
CRJ 341 Community Corrections
CRJ 461 Organized Crime
CRJ 469 Domestic Violence
CRJ 472 Terrorism
CRJ 473 Hostage Takers
CRJ 474 Victims of Crime
CRJ 475 Community Policing
CRJ 476 Topics in CRJ: Elder Abuse
ETN 335 Italian American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
ETN 336 Irish American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
ETN 337 African American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective
ETN 338 The Black Woman
ETN 340 Hispanic Culture and Enrichment
ETN 341 Native Americans
POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues
POL 340 Criminal Justice Policy
POL 360 Education Policy
POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy
POL 380 Health Care Policy
NFP 301 Intro to Nonprofit Agencies
NFP 302 Management of the Nonprofit Organization
NFP 303 Foundations of Fiscal Management for Nonprofit
NFP 304 Advocacy and Public Policy
LES 323 Law & Practice in Human Services
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.