The Community Practice for Social Change Concentration
If you are passionate about social change, consider a graduate degree in Community Practice for Social Change from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School. The CPSC concentration at MSASS emphasizes the importance of community in local neighborhoods and internationally. The program is for graduate students who want to improve individual and community well-being and focus on promoting social change and social justice. CPSC students and graduates develop an understanding of the context of social challenges and difficult human problems while making a visible impact on people and their communities.
The Community Practice for Social Change education will prepare MSASS students to lead comprehensive, social change on a broad scale. It addresses a wide range of issues, including
- inequality and oppression
- cultural diversity
- women’s issues
- human rights
The Community Practice for Social Change concentration is committed to building knowledge, real-world skills and social work values. CPSC students master skills for roles and careers that address emerging social issues, including:
- community organizers
- leaders of community-based / human service organizations
- program developers
- social planners
- policy makers
The CPSC concentration is offered in both the full time and intensive weekend program.
What is CSD?
” Community” - Often designated by geographic boundaries; also extends to shared interests, backgrounds or affiliations
” Development” - The process of increasing physical, economic, social, cultural and spiritual assets of a community
” Social Development” - A primary focus on the social processes that enable individuals and families to achieve and sustain a higher standard of living
” Community Building” – A strategic focus on building networks and capacity among individuals and organizations
CPSC Field Placement Opportunities
Field Education is an integral part of the degree program at MSASS. Students complete their advanced field placements in approved field settings that provide opportunities to practice roles in leadership, management, program development, community building and community organizing. Graduate students collaborate with non-profit, community-based and government organizations while working on their degree coursework. For more on field placements, check out our list of affiliated agencies for CPSC.
Patterns of Enrollment
The following patterns of enrollment are for incoming students in the current academic year. For prior academic years, visit the MSASS registrar’s page.
- Two-Year Students
- Three-Year Students
- 12-Month Advanced Standing Students
- 18-Month Advanced Standing Students
- Intensive Weekend Advanced Standing Students
Below, is a model Pattern of Enrollment for students enrolled in the full time, two-year program. This is only an example, to give you an idea of what your schedule at MSASS may look like. Please consult with your faculty advisor to develop your own schedule.
|First Year||Semester Hours|
|SASS 477||Direct Practice Methods Skills*||3|
|SASS 484||Theories of Oppressions and Social Justice*||3|
|SASS 440||Human Development in Context I: Child & Adolescent*||3|
|SASS 470||Social Policy*||3|
|SASS 441||Human Development II: Adult*||3|
|SASS 478||Macro & Policy Practice Skills*||3|
|SASS 426||Research Methods in Social Work*||3|
|SASS 495||Field Education Seminar*||1|
|SASS 601||Field Education I*||2|
|SASS 602||Field Education II||3|
|Second Year||Semester Hours|
|SASS 512||Legislative & Political Processes or a Free Elective||3|
|SASS 534||Community & Social Development Perspectives||3|
|SASS 567||CSD I: Strategies for Assessing, Bldg and Organizing Community**||3|
|SASS 532||Analytic tools for Community Social Development||3|
|SASS 569||CSD II: Strategies for Designing & Implementing Community and Social Change**||3|
|SASS 563||Resources for Community and Social Development||3|
|SASS 603||Field Education III||3|
|SASS 604||Field Education IV||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for Degree||60|
* Foundation Curriculum. BSW students may waive foundation courses if undergraduate coursework grades are B or better.
**These courses are taught in the Intensive Weekend format only. Students in the Full-time, Advanced Standing, and Weekend formats may enroll.
Louis Stokes Fellowship
The Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development provides tuition scholarships to students already working in community development. The fellowship is designed for those enrolled in the intensive weekend program to accommodate work schedules and foster leadership among African-Americans and Hispanics in the field of community development.
| Mark Chupp, PhD
| Claudia Coulton, PhD
| David Crampton, PhD
| Mark Joseph, PhD
| Sharon Milligan, PhD
| Anna Maria Santiago, PhD