University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Community Involvement

Academic minors & similar

Several academic programs at the University of Minnesota require significant community engagement.

Community Engagement Scholars Program

This program is for students who want to make a commitment to being involved in the community throughout their undergraduate experience. Requirements include 400 hours of community engagement addressing social issues and community needs, plus related coursework, written reflections, and an integrative community engagement project (ICEP) and seminar. You must have at least four semesters of studies remaining at the time you apply for admission. Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of recognition from the University of Minnesota, a transcript notation, acknowledgement in the commencement program, a medal of distinction to be worn at commencement, and they attend a special recognition reception honoring Community Engagement Scholars.

Leadership Minor

This undergraduate minor—a product of collaboration among the College of Education and Human Development, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and the Office for Student Affairs—combines leadership-related coursework with leadership experience in the community.

Social Justice Minor

Offered by the College of Education and Human Development, this minor offers undergraduate students the opportunity both to theorize about the meanings of social justice and to practice "doing" social justice advocacy in community organizations. Each core course in the minor requires 30 hours community-based learning with select Twin Cities-based social justice organizations.