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Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration

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The Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) concentration connects community work with academic life. Working with the oversight of a faculty advisor, students combine interdisciplinary coursework and practical work in communities to expand and deepen their understanding of local, national, and global issues that affect communities. CESC concentrators develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge to engage mindfully with communities as citizens and leaders. 

The CESC concentration draws on the rich curricular offerings at Smith College and the Five Colleges as well as the resources and expertise of the Jandon Center for Community Engagement to define a focus of study. Examples of areas of interest for students include immigration and citizenship, public health, education, law and policy, community organizing, community narratives, environmental justice, and many others. Depending on the interdisciplinary focus of the student's work, concentrators are encouraged to link their work to the considerable resources of the other Centers at the College and the Smith College School for Social Work.



Fall Deadline: November 13, 2016
Spring Deadline: April, 2017


The Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) Concentration admits a maximum of 15 students each year. Sophomores, juniors, and Ada Comstock Scholars are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who have already completed the gateway course and one community-based learning course.

Applications will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee to determine the feasibility of the proposed course of study in the CESC concentration along with the student's intended or declared major. Accepted students will be assigned to an advisor who will oversee their progress through the program and approve internships.

Begin the application process here.