Community Leadership at Aquinas College

Community Leadership Major (BA)

Four-Year Advising Plan (pdf) 


The Community Leadership major requires thirty-seven (37) semester hours (28 required, 9 elective).

Required courses:

  • CL100 Exploring Community Leadership (4) PSC
  • AG100 Financial Activities for Nonprofits (3) BE
  • GY212 Urban Geography (4)
  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE
  • TY255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF
  • CL300 Fund Development and Grant Writing (3) OR BS356 Organizational Leadership (3)
  • CL/SY396 Sociological Practicum in Community Leadership (4)
  • CL400 Community Leadership Capstone Seminar (4) SC
  • Nine (9) elective hours. One elective per discipline and two of the three electives must be at the 200-level or above.

Students must have a minimum grade of C in each course.

Elective Courses for Community Leadership

Accounting:

  • AG 303 Accounting for Nonprofits (3)

Business:

  • BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations (3)
  • BS235 Social Entrepreneurship for Developing Economies (3)
  • BS355 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • BS425 Not-for-profit Organizations: Theory and Practice (3)

Community Leadership:

  • CL201 Leadership for Social Change (1)
  • CL300 Grant Writing (3)
  • CL310 Special Topics in Community Leadership (variable)
  • CL395 Ireland Community Aides Internship (3) 102 Academic Programs
  • CL398 Readings in Community Leadership (variable)
  • CL399 Independent Project in Community (variable)

Economics:

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3)
  • ES212 Macroeconomic Principles (3)

Geography:

  • GY120 Human Geography (3) GP (for minor only)
  • GY212 Urban Geography (4)
  • GY313 Advanced Urban Geography (variable)

Philosophy:

  • PH110 What is Justice? (3) HP
  • PH238 Environmental Philosophy (3)

Political Science:

  • PS101 American Government and Politics (3)
  • PS150 World in Crisis (3) GP
  • PS310 Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  • PS/BS340 Public Administration (3)
  • PS401 Health Care Policy (3)

Sociology:

  • SY102 Introduction to Social Work (3)
  • SY103 Cultural Anthropology (3) GP
  • SY201 Social Psychology (3)
  • SY205 Trying Social Work (4)
  • SY/CL209 Sustainable Cities and Environmental Justice (3)
  • SY260 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
  • SY302 Community Sociology (3)
  • SY312 Social Stratification (4)
  • SY375 Complex Organizations (3)​

Susainable Business:

  • SB315 Building Social Capital (3)

Theology:

  • TY250 Christian Morality (3)TF

Women’s Studies:

  • WS260 Women and the Environment (3)
  • WS314/SY311 Women, Girls, and Leadership (3)
  • WS/PS325 Feminist Theory and Activism (3)

 

Courses

  • CL100 Exploring Community Leadership (4) PSC

    This introductory course for the Community Leadership major and minor introduces students to the concepts of community, service, civic responsibility, social justice, social entrepreneurship, and leadership in public and nonprofit organizations. In addition to regular class meetings, students will spend at least thirty (30) hours, or 2-3 hours per week, in volunteer/service-learning situations relevant to careers in public, social service, or non-profit organizations. Students will use these volunteer/service-learning experiences coupled with course readings, in-class discussion with the instructor, community leader guest speakers, and peers to begin developing a “reflect, act reflect” framework for community engagement.

  • AG100 Financial Activities for Nonprofits (3) SS1

    An introduction to financial information needed by decision makers for non-profit organizations. Includes an overview of financial reporting, managerial accounting and finance. Specific topics include financial statements, budgeting, strategies for revenue generation, relevant costs, time value of money and cash management.

  • GY212 Urban Geography (4)

    Urban environment and landscape from a human perspective: the city as an economic environment, as a cultural place, as a political entity, policies and planning.

  • ES211 Microeconomic Principles (3) BE

    Introduction to the economic problem and the study of economics; basics of supply and demand; introduction to concepts and models used to understand the economic behavior of households and firms, economic outcomes under various market structures, market failures, and international trade.

  • TY255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

    An introduction to the official social teachings of the Catholic Church and the lived experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the United States since the end of the nineteenth century. Attention is given to the theological vision, the anthropology, and the principles used by the Church in its moral reflection on the various social problems of our day including rights and duties of workers and employers, racism, sexism, attacks on the dignity of human life and the family, political tyranny, economic injustice in the Third and Fourth worlds, and war.

  • CL300 Fund Development and Grant Writing (3)

    This course provides an introduction to fund development, grant research, and grant writing. Through effective partnership with a nonprofit organization and hands on experience, students will learn about the principles, practices, and strategies of fund development and write a complete grant proposal by the end of the course. Prerequisite: CL100

  • BS356 Organizational Leadership (3)

    Focuses on the process of influencing individuals and groups toward organizational goals, including such topics as the evolution of leadership theory, leadership effectiveness, and situational leadership. Prerequisites: BS201 or PG100, or approval of instructor.

  • CL/SY396 Sociological Practicum in Community Leadership (4)

    In this field placement course, students spend at least one hundred fifty (150) hours, or 10-15 hours per week, in service-work/learning-work situations relevant to careers in public, social service, or non-profit organizations, in addition to regular meetings with the instructor. This practicum provides the practical experience for deepening community engagement and raising important questions about society and social justice. Prerequisites: CL100 or SY101.

  • CL400 Community Leadership Capstone Seminar (3) SC

    This course builds on the “reflect, act, reflect” framework of community engagement started in CL100 and continued in CL396. Students utilize their recent experience in CL396 to develop an analysis of how the agency and the larger community might more effectively address suffering, social problems, and social injustice. In concert with the student’s organization, community leaders, and the instructor, students reciprocate the time and training they received at their organization by completing at least one higher-level community project that increases the ability of the organization to fulfill its mission and each student’s ability to impact the community (e.g., program development, program assessment, fundraising, grant writing, direct action, legislation, social entrepreneurship, policy-making, social advocacy, activism, legislation, social entrepreneurship, policy-making, social advocacy, activism, mutual aid, direct service, social work, letter writing/petitioning campaigns).