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:
Online Courses Currently Being Offered
CME 5100 Community Engagement: Theory and Practice - 4 credits
Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:50pm, Main Campus, Remote only Course
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.
Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4:00-6:20PM; Main Campus, Remote Only Course
This course will explore the lifecycle of social movements along with the theories, forces, consequences, and impacts that influence their development. Throughout the term students examine how social movements emerge, how history plays a part, who engages and why, the elements of participation, activism versus extremism, organizational tactics, and the short and long-term effects that remain after the social movement is gone or has evolved. Using the lens of social movements that have gone before, the course utilizes history and current events to help students understand how social movements, whether they succeeded or failed, helped societies reframe issues of power and community engagement.
CME 6200 Management and Leadership in Non-Profits - 4 credits
Weekly webinar: Monday, 6:30pm-8:50pm, Main Campus, Remote only Course
This course provides an overview of leadership and management issues pertinent to the nonprofit sector. Topics include human resource development, program development, financial resource management, and organizational learning. The course also focuses on leader qualities and career paths in the nonprofit sector.
CME 6320 Institutional Partnerships - 4 credits
Weekly webinar: Wednesday, 4:00pm-6:20pm, Main Campus, Remote only Course
This course provides an overview of the institutional partnerships that higher education institutions engage with across multiple sectors: community organizations, government, and corporations. Topics include theories of the nonprofit sector, institutional partnership structures, mutual benefit and reciprocity achievement, international partnership perspectives, and the implementation of cross-sector initiatives to address social issues. This course focuses on the market, ethical, and organizational factors that shape each partnership.
Partnering with Campus CompactMerrimack 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 6300 Community Engagement in Higher Education is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Engagement Fundamentals.
- CME 6540 University-Community Relations is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.
- CME 6320 Institutional Partnerships is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in Community Partnerships.