Minor in Community and Social Change Studies

Career Enhancement

Every person is involved in one or more communities every day. Some of those might be communities of place, such as local neighborhoods, while others might be communities of interest, such as professional groups.

The rural sociology community studies minor is an excellent supportive area for a wide range of career paths, including nongovernmental and governmental organizations at the local, state, national or international level.

Marketable Skills

Students with community studies minors gain analytical skills and the ability to understand issues in an integrated perspective that makes them more marketable for research, program evaluation, policy analysis, social service, volunteer organizing and organizational analysis positions.

Students learn critical-thinking skills. The program fosters the ability to think abstractly, ask appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze situations and data, organize material, write well, and make written and oral presentations that are sociologically informed.

Substantive Knowledge

The community studies minor provides students with an understanding of the processes and global context of social change, knowledge of other cultures and times, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of social life — all of which are important factors in the ability to participate as informed citizens of the global community.


  • Prerequisite of Rural Sociology 1000 or Sociology 1000
  • 12 hours in Rural Sociology
  • Nine hours at or above the 2000 level in Rural Sociology
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