Minor in Community Organizing and Development

students presenting posters.

Students presenting posters about various communities in Buffalo.

Become a community change agent – help build economically and socially just communities and work in unity with others to find solutions that empower citizens.

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Interested in making a change in society?

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work with people engaged in community and neighborhood capacity-building efforts. 

Careers can range from lead organizer to community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor organizer and work in community-based nonprofit organizations.

Program Overview

This minor is designed to meet the needs of professions requiring expertise in organizing and developing communities that can work in collaboration with diverse partners to enhance capacity and well-being, frame social problems, co-produce solutions, navigate systems and effect sustainable change. Students acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferrable in many professional settings. 

Academic minor completed Community Organizing and Development
Credits required for completion 18
Course delivery seated
Open to undergraduate students from all majors
Required cumulative GPA 2.0

Program Coursework

Click the social work course links to see the full course description, some may have preqrequisites.

Required Courses (6 credits)

*Prerequisite to SW 230 is SW 220.

Social Work courses are open to those not in the minor.

Elective Courses (12 credits, must include four 300-400 level courses)

Application Requirements

Students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no prerequisite course requirements for enrollment in the minor. Students are encouraged to have a declared major. By doing so, coursework in the minor will be more effectively focused.


Filomena Critelli.

Questions about the minor? Contact Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Filomena Critelli.

Email: fmc8@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 645-1250