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Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration Application

Applications open once per semester. The next open application period is October 1–October 31, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed by the advisory board in the beginning of November to determine the feasibility of the proposed course of study in the CESC Concentration along with the your intended or declared major. Accepted students will be assigned to an adviser who will oversee your progress through the program and approve internships.


Your Information
Statement of Interest

In 200 to 300 words, explain why you would like to participate in the CESC Concentration, including your response to these questions in the statement: How will the concentration fit in with your overall Smith experience? How will the concentration connect to your future goals?

Area of Interest

What is the area of interest for your work in the CESC Concentration (e.g., multicultural education, community organizing, etc.)?


Students will take four courses that support their area of interest and deepen knowledge in relevant core content, including social justice, system analysis, diversity, community development, and community-based learning/research. Course offerings with this content are available in multiple departments at Smith and in the Five Colleges. Electives must be derived from multiple disciplines, and two of the electives must be Community-Based Learning courses.

In the space provided, please list courses you might take to fulfill the electives requirement. Note, you are not being asked to commit to the courses, just to think about and list courses you see as relevant to your area of interest.

Please list your proposed courses and provide the following information for each course in the following format: course #, course title, semester taken or to be taken. Example: PSY373, Research Seminar in Personality Psychology, Fall 2016.

Practical Experience

Students will complete two different practical experiences to fulfill the requirements for the CESC Concentration. One experience will consist of at least 100 documented hours of work with a community partner. The other experience will be at least 200 hours. When possible, experiences of longer duration are strongly encouraged.

Practical experiences may include internships, community-based learning, participatory research, and paid or volunteer community service. They may occur at any time in the calendar year: during the academic semester, interterm, spring break or summer. They may be combined with Praxis, off-campus work-study or other stipend programs.

Please list any internship, service learning, community-based participatory research, paid or volunteer community service experience that you have already completed that you think might apply to your work in the concentration. For each, please include location, supervisor, a brief description, # of hours and dates.


Students will complete at least one semester's worth of reflection sessions, coordinated by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement. These sessions facilitate student learning from practical experiences and should be taken concurrently, with or immediately following one of the practical experiences.


The seminar provides a forum for a cohort of concentrators to develop projects that analyze, evaluate and synthesize their prior academic work and practical experiences. (4 credits offered spring semester).



Along with this application, please upload your unofficial transcript below.

Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


Jandon Center for Community Engagement

Smith College
Wright Hall
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: 413-585-3060
Fax: 413-585-3068