Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions of Some of the Community Development Program’s Core Courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College:

AMIS 1120: Community Development and Indigenous Cultures (3 Credits)

In this course you will be introduced to the concept of community from indigenous perspectives through nonprofit organizations, private consulting firms, advocacy groups, and government. You will examine the interconnected political, economic, and physical environments of social and cultural groups that maintain an identity, with a focus on Native American reservation and off-reservation communities. This course will include a service learning component with a community different from your own.

PSCI 1170: Community Organizing: History, Theory and Practice (3 Credits)

This course, designed for those considering a career in nonprofit and social change fields, explores the history, theory, and practice of community organizing and emphasizes indigenous perspectives of community organizing while it examines the relationship between social action and politics, economics and identity. You will examine the key assumptions of this approach to socio-political change and examine the differences and divisions that characterize the field. You will also use collaborative learning approaches and active learning techniques to help you develop basic skills central to community organizing.

PSCI 1175: Political Science Field Experience (3.00-6.00 credits (3.00-6.00 Int))

This course combines field work at a governmental or nongovernmental organization engaged in public policy work with an examination of power, politics, and leadership. You will spend approximately 3 hours per credit per week

at your internship site (6 hours per credit, per week summer semester), develop specific learning goals with your instructor and internship site supervisor, and submit online writing assignments that integrate political science theories with your field experiences. You must arrange an internship placement and obtain permission from the instructor prior to registering for this course. Must be taken A-F. 

PSCI 1180: Politics, Media and Community Organizing: Indigenous Understandings and Applications (3.00 credits (3.00 lec))

This course examines the relationship between the media, community organizing, and community power, with special emphasis on how various media forms are used in the organizing efforts of indigenous communities. You will learn about the historical connections between community organizing and the media, analyze the relationship between politics, political movements and the media, examine media in politics and society, and explore the effects of the media landscape on community organizing. You will also evaluate how community organizations use various media forms in their efforts to achieve their goals and develop a media plan for a community organization.

PSCI 1200: Introduction to Public Policy (3.00 credits (3.00 lec))

This course will explore the public policy-making process at the local, state, and national levels. You will examine key public policy models and methods and learn how individuals and groups become involved in the policymaking

process. You will also learn practical techniques for involving yourself and communities in the design, implementation, and assessment of public policies. You will examine public policies that affect economically disadvantaged communities, communities of color, women, and young people. 

Additional courses from a variety of disciplines round out the 60-credit degree.  For more details, see