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Community Studies

The Community Studies Program is a course of study based in the field of sociology and behavioral sciences yet focused on the topic of community and its place in modern American society.  While there is a permanent set of courses organized within Community Studies, only a handful are required by the CS major, the many others covering special topics that focus on modern American society and may be of interest to major and non-major alike.  Most students in the Program have chosen areas of emphasis such as business, law, criminology, or education, indicating their field of choice upon graduation while preferring a major that allows a broad range of study and freedom of individual growth.  Students are encouraged to connect their degree plans to their area of employment or a possible graduate program.  At its heart the Community Studies Program is liberal in its emphasis on a well-rounded set of courses that educate the mind without a prescribed approach.  If there was any one phrase that best encapsulates the Program, it would be, “The future is your own. Own it here.”

Pursued as a four-year degree, coursework for a BS in Community Studies will provide students with a basic understanding not only of the subject matter that comprises social science, management, and law but also of how specialists within these disciplines interact with one another toward the resolution of community problems. Careers for Community Studies majors can be found in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including public relations, law enforcement, health care and human services.

If you would prefer more personal interaction or would like to arrange for face-to-face dialogue on the program, please contact Professor Chabot, Liberal Arts Department Chair Cynthia Becerra, or the College's front office at (209)478-0800.  You’re also welcome to visit Dr. Chabot’s webpage. 

Community Studies: Requirements and Direction


The CoImage4mmunity Studies major is expected to complete all general elective requirements before focusing on upper division course work, particularly communications classes and lower division courses that may relate to the students’ own area of interest.  The college supports programs in Business Management, Early Childhood Education, Paralegal Studies, and Criminal Justice, and many CS majors choose to emphasize but not major in one of these distinct areas of study.  In addition, the college has a well respected and accredited law school and it is common for a CS major to focus on the field of law upon graduation.  Graduate study is always a topic of interest and while many graduates go to one of the many graduate programs available at other colleges in the area, our college also offers graduate degrees in early childhood education and educational administration.  Thus, the Community Studies Program provides a basis for study in many different aspects of the behavioral sciences with an emphasis on sociological practice and community placement. 

Whatever the area of interest for a Community Studies major, all are required to take a set of courses that emphasizes their knowledge of and practice within society as a behavioral scientist.  The required courses cover methods, proposal writing, and data gathering and analysis, skills that will prove useful whatever the graduate’s final occupation.  In addition, CS majors must participate in two separate internships, placements within local organizations and workplaces that should provide the student with some understanding of the field he or she is hoping to work in.  

 Community Studies: An Analytical Perspective

Via PowerPoint:  Click on the above link to enjoy a short introduction to the more analytical side of the Community Studies Program.


For more information and explanation, please contact Prof. Chabot



Community Studies: Program Outcomes

The mission of the Community Studies Program at Humphreys College is to focus on the needs as well as the strengths of both students and the community into which they will return.  We want to impart an understanding of the processes, structures, and implications of today’s modern American society, including both theory and grounded practice in the academic pursuits of our students.  In addition, the larger community is recognized as both source and recipient of our graduates.  Appreciating the student’s history and present location within a structured locale, each student will be provided individual attention over their years of academic work in order to prepare them for the larger social and economic forums within which they will be placed upon graduation.


Graduates of the Community Studies Program will demonstrate the following:


1.  An awareness of the social processes and structures that make up a modern America.  Specific Emphasis will be placed on the social institutions that influence our lives and the importance that the concept of community has in the future of our society on a local and a national level.


2.  A working knowledge of the vital role of research design, ethical application, practical implementation, and presentation as a catalyst for changing and sustaining social institutions.  Scientific research methods with application to all fields of social and behavioral science will be covered, culminating in real-world research on areas of local and national importance.


3. Applied experience and reflection of the inner-workings of service providers in our/the student’s own local community with additional focus on employment opportunities for graduates as well as potential employer’s needs.  Students will be required to participate within the real world of social and human services, using their experiences to add depth of understanding to other courses within the Program as well as help them understand future career goals.


4. An understanding of the dynamic interrelationships of social science, human services, education, law, and business as they applied within local community institutions.  The strengths of Humphreys College and the social and employment needs of the local community are immediately compatible with the Community Studies Program.  Students will exit these required courses with a better understanding of important social dynamics that exist apart from yet impact upon the human services.


5.  A sense of verstehen and the importance of social context in the study and practice of the behavioral sciences.  Critical thought and the ability to question, explore, understand, and explain social facts on both the personal and institutional level.  Inter-disciplinary application of core concepts supported through a variety of possible study emphases and cross-curriculum requirements for the CS major. 







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