Civic Engagement Minor

Leadership in Civic Engagement Minor
Leadership in civic engagement consists of 18 credits and provides students with a focused, curricular context for understanding, interacting with, and working with community and other non-profit agencies to address compelling social issues. Through the requirements below, students will complete approximately 150 hours of community service, take on a variety of leadership roles as part of their service experience, and reflect on their experiences. Through this minor students have the opportunity to help Lasell deepen its partnerships within the broader community. The minor (and the community-based internship requirement) are administered by Sharyn Lowenstein, Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning. You may email her at

Required: 8 or 9 credits

SVL 202 Introduction to Community Organizations 3
A combination of four Linked-Credits in Service-Learning and Social Justice Activism (1 credit each, 4 credits total, with at least 2 in Service-Learning)**
SVL 201 or SVL 301 Service-Learning Internship 2 or 3

Choose any two additional courses

CJ 103 - or -
HIST 105
Principles of Human Rights
History of Human Rights
SOC 221 - or -
SOC 301 - or -
SOC 335
Contemporary Social Problems
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Policy
ECON 103 - or -
ECON 206 - or -
ECON 305
Economics of Social Issues
Global Economic Development
Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
ENV 101 - or -
ENV 102 - or -
ENV 211 - or -
ENV 303
Intro to Environmental Studies
Environment, Ethics and Society
Environmental Science
Environmental Justice
IDS 111 - or -
IDS 213
Aging in America
Ethics Across Generations
CJ 303 - or -
CJ 323 - or -
CJ 319
Domestic Violence
Justice, Race, Class, and Gender
COM 303 Nonprofit Public Relations 3
BUSS 334 Nonprofit Management 3
PSYC 316 Psychology of Diversity 3

Choose the balance of credits (3 or 4) from any of the following courses:**

HON 205 Honors Leadership 3
SVL 104 Seminar for Writing Tutors 1
SVL 204 Seminar in Speech Tutoring 1
SVL 205 Mexico in Context 4
SVL 206 Social Science Students as Academic Counselors 1
SVL 207 Seminar for Accounting Tutors 1
SVL 209 Seminar for Math Tutors 1
SVL _90 Directed Study in Service-Learning 1-3
SJA 100, 200, 300 or 400 Social Justice Activism; each Linked-credit experience is worth one credit 1-3

*No more than 50 percent of the courses can be used to satisfy other requirements for any major or minor.
**Students in this minor are highly encouraged to apply to participate in at least one of Lasell's international service-learning experiences and/or the domestic alternative spring break.
** Consistent with other College policy, students may take no more than a total of six Linked-credits throughout their coursework and up to three Service-Learning or three Social Justice Activism Linked-credits in total.

Faculty Profile

Tessa LeRoux, Ph.DProfessor of Sociology; Director of Nancy Lawson Donahue ’49 Institute for Values and Public Life; Book Review Editor for Journal of Family Theory and ReviewTessa Leroux's main scholarly work is in the field of gender and family studies. She has published articles in the area of gender role socialization, teenage pregnancy and single parenthood, domestic work and migration, and family ideology.  

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