School of Education and Social Policy

Community Engagement (Online Courses)

Use your passion to change the world and your career with Merrimack’s convenient options.  

Take an online course and earn graduate credit. You’ll build your professional qualifications and skills in areas such as fundraising, community relations, volunteer management, diversity training, and leadership within schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Choose from several options:

Take or audit a course this fall. Classes begin the week of August 24.  Register for a course now.

Choose from online graduate-level courses that can be taken for graduate credit toward:

Fall 2020 Online Courses

CME 500G Community Development - 2 credits

Instructor: Dwight Giles
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6pm-7:20pm
This course explores the theory and practice of community development, from both the macro perspective of structural, institutional, and governmental policies and practices and the micro perspective of individual, group, and neighborhood perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on the role of individuals, corporations and other community-based organizations in the process of community development. The course will address key issues such as housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, school-community partnerships, urban growth, and sustainability, with a focus on the social and political aspects of development.

CME 506G Community Development - 4 credits

Instructor: Jolan Rivera
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Monday, 6pm-7:50pm
This course examines place-based community organizing and development from a social justice perspective. Through case studies, students learn about current issues and approaches to community change. The course emphasizes organizing in low-income communities and provides an assets-based approach. The course will address key issues such as housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainability, with a focus on the social and political aspects of development.

CME 530G Social Policy for Children and Families - 4 credits

Instructor: Sean McCarthy
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Wednesday, 6pm-7:50pm
This course will examine federal, state, and local policies and programs relevant to the well-being of children at risk. Students will learn about specific laws, policies, and programs impacting children. The course also examines processes through which policy decisions are made, and how individuals can impact policy-making and advocate for families.

CME 535G Social Justice Education in Action - 4 credits

Instructor: Melissa Nemon
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 6pm-7:50pm
This course is an extension of the Diversity and Social Justice course. This course will focus on the practice and pedagogy of social justice education and action, including strategies and approaches to raising awareness of diversity and social justice issues. As part of this course, students will plan, implement, and evaluate social justice awareness projects on and off campus. Prerequisite: ED640G

CME 550G Youth Development: Lead Mentor - 4 credits

Instructor: Raisa Carrasco-Velez
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 4:15pm-7:30pm
This course focuses on the theory and practice of mentoring and supporting youth. It will explore the intersections of mentoring, leadership, and social change. The theory and practice of mentoring will be explored in conjunction with the social change model of leadership. Students will learn about themselves and their leadership style while considering the broader context of leadership for social change. Questions explored will include: can mentoring cross gender/age/race/class, how important is it for mentors and mentees to have a similar worldview and values, and what is the connection between mentoring and leadership. In addition, this course will be highly experiential in nature with a practical mentoring component.

CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education - 4 credits

Instructor: Dan Sarofian-Butin
August 24-December 4
Weekly webinar: Friday, 8am-9:50am
This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement - e.g., service-learning, civic and community engagement, community-based research- in higher education.  It explores key programmatic issues such as course development, student outcomes, and community partnerships as well as core theoretical questions.  The courses will focus on the limits and possibilities of community engagement in higher education through multiple frames of reference:  technical, cultural, political, and conceptual.

ED 691G Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits

Instructor: Audrey Falk
August 24-December 4

Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4pm-5:50pm
This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement, including civic and community engagement, service learning, community-based research in K-12 and higher education, and community-based education and learning. It explores key pragmatic issues such as planning and implementing community partnerships, developing service learning courses, and identifying outcomes for students and sites, as well as core theoretical issues such as community capacity building, reciprocity, sustainability, and ethical engagement.

Partnering with Campus Compact

Merrimack College is partnering with Campus Compact to support the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Professional seeking a micro-credential may choose to audit a course for content knowledge, rather than enroll for graduate credit.

  • CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals.
  • ED 667G University-Community Relations is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.
For More Information

Contact Allison Pena, Office of Graduate Admission, at penaa@merrimack.edu.