Community Leadership at Aquinas College

Community Leadership Minor

Minor Requirements: Twenty-four (24) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • Only courses with a C or better will count toward the minor.
CL100 Exploring Community Leadership 4.0
AG100 Financial Activities for Non-Profits 3.0
TY255 Catholic Social Teaching 3.0
BS356 Organizational Leadership OR CL300 Fund Development & Grant Writing 3.0
CL/SY396 Practicum in Community Leadership 4.0
CL400 Community Leadership Capstone Seminar (SC) 4.0
Three (3) semester hours from the following:
AG390 Accounting for Nonprofits 3.0
BS200 Fundamentals of Organizations for the Non-Major 3.0
BS/SB235 Social Entrepreneurship 3.0
BS355 Organizational Behavior 3.0
BS425 Not for Profit Organizations: Theory and Practice 3.0
Community Leadership:
CL201 Leadership for Social Change 1.0
CL300 Fund Development & Grant Writing 3.0
CL310 Special Topics in Community Leadership V
CL395 Ireland Community aides Internship 3.0
CL398 Readings in Community Leadership V
CL399 Independent Project in Community Leadership V
ES211 Microeconomic Principles 3.0
ES212 Macroeconomic Principles 3.0
GY212 Urban Geography 4.0
GY313 Advanced Urban Geography V
PH238 Environmental Philosophy 3.0
Political Science:
PS310 Modern Political Problems Seminar 3.0
PS/BS340 Public Administration 3.0
SY/PG201 Social Psychology 3.0
SY205 Trying Social Work 4.0
SY/CL209 Sustainable Cities and Environmental Justice 3.0
SY260 Social Problems 3.0
SY302 Community Sociology 3.0
SY312 Social Stratification 4.0
SY375 Complex Organizations 3.0
Sustainable Business:
SB315 Building Social Capital 3.0
TY250 Christian Morality 3.0
Women's Studies:
WS260 Women and the Environment 3.0
WS314/SY 311 Women, Girls, and Leadership 3.0
WS/PS325 Feminist Theory and Activism 3.0



  • 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.

  • TY255/CA255 Catholic Social Teaching (3) TF

    The official social doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The primacy of the person, human rights, the common good, family, natural law, meaningful work, just war.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • CL396/SY396 Sociological Practicum in Community Leadership (4)

    In this field placement course, students spend at least 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. This course is not accepted for the Social Science General Education requirement.

  • 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).