Community Leadership

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Faculty Contact
Robert Yahrmatter: 313-845-6389,, Campus Safety, Room: N-224

Program Description


Prepares students interested in making a positive impact on individuals and society through meaningful work and careers in fields such as community and economic development, community organizing, and policy advocacy. Through this degree program, students learn the skills and develop their talents to become agents of positive, social change in various aspects of their careers and communities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Examine the political systems and policy making processes (local, state, national).
  2. Analyze power, privilege, and oppression.
  3. Describe local issues, including the politics and the history of specific communities in the area.
  4. Describe power and apply basic power mapping tools.
  5. Explore interracial and intercultural dynamics of southeast Michigan.
  6. Explore the major historical social movements in southeast Michigan.
  7. Analyze justice movements for reform and liberation, and what makes a movement a movement.
  8. Describe different community organizing models and cultures, including theory, practice, structure, and leadership.
  9. Demonstrate communication, team-building, and leadership skills.
  10. Demonstrate methods for basic data analysis, meeting facilitation, project management, and evaluation of projects.
Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for careers in community leadership, development and organization in non-profit and government occupations. In addition, the program provides a foundation for further study in social work, political science, urban and regional development, and urban planning.

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, one with a lab, from different disciplines
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements


Complete additional 100-level, or higher, courses to complete the requirements for this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours