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 summer. Classes begin the week of May 18, 2020.  Register for a course now.

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

Summer 2020 Online Courses

CME 500G Community Development - 2 credits (Summer I)

Instructor: Jolan Rivera
Summer I session: May 18-June 26
Weekly webinar: Wednesday, 7pm-8:30pm
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 521G Management and Leadership in Non-Profits - 4 credits (Summer I)

Instructor: Greggory Grenier
Summer I session: May 18-June 26

Weekly webinar: Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm
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.

ED 610G Research Methods - 4 credits (Summer I)

Instructor: Melissa Nemon
Summer I session: May 18-June 26

Weekly webinar: Monday, 6pm-7:50pm
This elective course introduces students to the process of educational research. Students will learn about the characteristics of specific research designs, including qualitative and quantitative research, mixed-methods, and program evaluation. The course will have a heavy focus on conducting effective literature reviews and designing research studies, and will provide students with foundational knowledge in research methods for higher education.

ED 640G Diversity and Social Justice - 4 credits (Summer I)

Instructor: Gerardo Zayas, Jr.
Summer I session: May 18-June 26

Weekly webinar: Thursday, 6pm-7:30pm
This course uses a social justice framework to explore issues of power and privilege with respect to diverse populations. Historical and contemporary oppression based on race, gender, ability, and other differences are explored. Self-reflection is used to examine students’ own biases and prejudices. This course offers aspiring community activists the opportunity to learn about social change through social justice education, advocacy, and outreach initiatives.

ED 667G University-Community Relations - 4 credits (Summer I)

Instructor: Lane Glenn and Noemi Custodia-Lora
Summer I session: May 18-June 26

Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-5:50pm
This course is an exploration of patterns of communication, interaction, and relationships between institutions of higher education and their local and regional communities. The course examines how historical, social, cultural, and political forces impact such relationships and interactions, and how various iterations of power and influence play out between colleges and communities. The course also examines relations within the context of the media and the press, the goals of community development and change, and the role of the university in its engagement with the public sphere. This course is an approved preparation opportunity for the microcredential in community partnerships with Campus Compact.

ED 610G Research Methods - 4 credits (Summer II)

Instructor: Melissa Nemon
Summer I session: July 6-August 14

Weekly webinar: Wedensday, 4pm-5:50pm
This elective course introduces students to the process of educational research. Students will learn about the characteristics of specific research designs, including qualitative and quantitative research, mixed-methods, and program evaluation. The course will have a heavy focus on conducting effective literature reviews and designing research studies, and will provide students with foundational knowledge in research methods for higher education.

CME 554G Community Arts Engagement - 4 credits (Summer II)

Instructor: TBD
Summer II session: July 6-August 14

Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-5:50pm
Art is developed, shared, and appreciated in community contexts. Art communicates social stories and political messages. This class examines connections between art and community, exploring historic, social, political, and economic contexts. Topics addressed include audience outreach, arts education, access, and arts policy. The course also examines how the arts act as vehicles for community development and social change.

CME 545G The Politics of Community Engagement - 4 credits (Summer II)

Instructor: TBD
Summer II session: July 6-August 14

Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-5:50pm
This course examines political engagement as a vehicle for community and social change at local, regional, and national levels. The course will explore how nonprofit and community organizations can work with legislators on policy; how community activists can lobby and advocate for change; and how community members can be active participants in our democracy.

CME 540G Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development - 4 credits (Summer II)

Instructor: Rick Arrowood
Summer II session: July 6-August 14

Weekly webinar: Thursday, 4pm-5:50pm
This course explores the fundamentals of successful fundraising and development strategies important for delivering on the mission of nonprofit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to examine the various types of fundraising streams including special events, direct mail appeals, e-philanthropy, in- kind donations, and membership campaigns. From the development perspective, students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in classroom exercises on how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors. The course will explore other types of funding including grant writing for government and private foundations as well as key strategies to create a winning grant proposal. Finally, the course will explore the use of technology including social media, online auctions and mobile giving.

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.