North Central College - Naperville, IL

Social Change Leadership Minor

24 Credit Hours

Intended for students motivated by a desire to change public policy, students will learn the fundamentals necessary to persuasively advocate for local, national, and/or global communities with the ultimate goal of shaping a policy and practice through leadership and activism. 

For this minor you will need the following courses:

Required Courses (6 credit hours):
LEV 121 Contemporary Issues in Leadership
SOA 375 Protest and Change

Ethical Analysis (choose one for 3 credit hours):
PHL 110 Ethics
PHL 210 Professional Ethics
REL 115 Christian Ethics

Analysis of Social Systems (choose one for 3 credit hours):
ECN 100 Economics of Social Issues
PSC 101 Introduction to American Government
SOA 190 Urban Problems
GWS/SOA 210 Gender Studies
PHL/PSC 241 Philosophy of Law
PSY 330 Community Psychology

Critique of Social Systems (choose one for 3 credit hours):
SOA 280 Racial and Ethnic Minorities
HST 320 U.S. Social Movements
PHL/PSC 343 Economic and Social Justice
SOA 380 Social Class
IDS 460 when topic is "Feminist Perpectives"

Persuasive Communication (choose one for 3 credit hours):
ENG 220 News Writing
ENG 260 Integrating Word and Image
ENG 360 Writing for Social Change
IFS 115 Web Page Development (1.5 credit hours)
SPC 285 Argumentation and Debate
SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking

Communication Understanding Persuasive Process (choose one for 3 credit hours):
ENG 270 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
LEV 230 Conflict Resolution
SPC 367 Persuasion Theories

Capstone (choose one for 3 credit hours):
LEV 390 Seminar on Leadership Theory
LEV 495 Applied Leadership
XXX 397/497 Internship (need approval from LEV Director if internship outside of LEV for this minor)

Optional Portfolio (not required):  Students pursuing a concentration in leadership are required to do a porfolio.  Although it's not required for the minor, students are welcome to complete a portfolio using the online portfolio guidelines.  Students interested in pursuing this option should schedule a meeting with the minor/concentration advisor.  Note the portfolio guidelines attached are for the concentration in leadership and will be adjusted for the social change leadership minor.