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Community Organizing and Development Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 44.0701 Social Work)

School of Social Work

685 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Filomena M. Critelli, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Studies Coordinator

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Why study Community Organizing and Development Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Community Organizing and Development Minor prepares students with the skills and knowledge to help build economically and socially just communities and serve as agents for social change. The Community Organizing and Development Minor is grounded in a strengths-based, human rights and empowerment perspective that emphasizes the assets and resiliency of communities. The Minor is flexible and provides students with the opportunity to tailor coursework to their particular interests. It may complement a wide range of other majors such as law, public health, health and human services or sociology.

The UB School of Social Work is ranked among the best graduate schools of social work in the country, according to the most recent survey by U.S. News & World Report. Ranked in the top 10 percent of schools nationwide, the school was 25th in the overall survey in 2019.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Community Organizing and Development Minor acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferable in many professional settings. Courses use a case-based method of instruction with simulations or experiential learning opportunities.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge and skills to:

  • Analyze and frame social problems
  • Identify and apply various theories of community organizing and development
  • Conduct social advocacy
  • Navigate systems and negotiate conflict
  • Co-produce innovative strategies to address community problems and issues
  • Develop community capacity and leadership
  • Organize collective action to effect sustainable change

The Learning Environment

The UB School of Social Work is ranked among the best schools of social work in the country and has been a leader in the field for more than 75 years. Our program reflects the core values of our profession, which is to honor the inherent dignity, rights and strengths of all individuals, families and communities. The UBSSW faculty work together to create an intellectual environment that inspires critical thinking in our students. Courses offered are designed to develop professional leadership to resolve critical social, economic and political challenges in our university, regional, national and global communities.

About Our Facilities

The minor is housed in the School of Social Work located in Baldy Hall on the North Campus. Classes are held in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty are a diverse and highly productive community of scholars, teachers and activists for change with research and practice interests that span from local to global social issues. UBSSW faculty and staff are united by our vision of a better society achieved through the promotion of social justice and service to humanity to improve the quality life. Faculty members deliver high quality teaching and mentoring, publish research in top academic journals and engage in extensive professional and community service.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the UBSSW faculty website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work in professional and community organizations and social service agencies that are engaged in community and neighborhood capacity building efforts. There is an increased need for persons with expertise in these areas because of growing income inequality and its consequences for under-resourced communities. Careers include lead organizer, community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor relations representative, and many more. The minor is also excellent preparation for graduate school, especially in social work, law, public policy, public health as well as other related fields.

Academic Advising

Advisement for students regarding the minor requirements is provided by Filomena Critelli, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, School of Social Work.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Filomena M. Critelli, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Studies Coordinator
681 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
Phone: 716-645-1250 or Fax: 716-645-3456
Email Dr. Critelli

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:13