Community Leadership at Aquinas College
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    Community Leadership

Why Study Community Leadership?

The Community Leadership program requires extensive practice in public and non-profit organizations that address suffering, injustice and inequality. This experiential learning program includes coursework in social justice, sustainability, and basic human needs. The goal of the program is to develop an understanding of the complexity of social problems and gain the operational and analytical skills needed to create social change for the public good.


Unique at Aquinas and unique in the country: Our program is one of only a few in the U.S. where you can earn a bachelor’s degree with a community leadership major.


Students engage with Grand Rapids leaders and organizations to address issues of social injustice, including poverty, homelessness, food scarcity, human trafficking, and environmental injustice.


Majors and minors complete at least 200 hours of intensive field experience in the community.


Graduates of the community leadership program are now leaders at more than 15 Grand Rapids non-profit organizations where they mentor current students.