Community Organization Concentration


Charlie Ortiz is a dual degree MSW student with a concentration in Community Organization.

The Community Organization concentration is a social work method that combines direct service with advocacy, education, and social action to empower communities to work for change. Community organization is part of a process that brings people together to collectively address problems, concerns or issues with the goal of enhancing self-determination, achieving greater equality, and affecting a shift in power relationships to benefit members of oppressed communities. Using a broad repertoire of skills including conflict, community building and planning, and collaborative models, community social workers examine political, social, and economic factors as they relate to issues of power, inequality, culture, values, and problem-solving.

Community Organization is based on the assumption that social problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism and other social ills are primarily a function of institutionalized oppression and thus must be addressed collectively and institutionally. Consequently, the efforts of community social workers focus on helping to build community, create solidarities, and deliver services at the grassroots level to empower people working together to make their own changes, meet their own needs, and participate more fully in public life and the democratic process.

Community Organization knowledge and skills can be applied to a variety of social work sites in creative ways. The context of practice within which community social workers direct their efforts and have field placements include grassroots settings such as neighborhoods, non profit and advocacy organizations, social change coalitions, and government agencies. Students are also placed in non traditional sites such as universities, labor unions, congressional offices, and with international organizations such as the United Nations.

Community Organization Concentration Requirements:    
    Semester Credits
CORG 5301
Essential Theory & Intervention Practice in Community Organization
Concurrent with FED 5352 (Field) and FED 5302 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 1st yr. 3
POPR 5310
Program Planning, Development and Evaluation
Concurrent with CORG 5353 (Field) and FED 5310 (Field Advising Seminar) (Combined course for CORG, POPR and ADMN)
Fall 2nd yr. 3
CORG 5370
Grassroots Neighborhood Organizing
Concurrent with: CORG 5353/5354 (Field) & FED 5310/5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Fall/Spring 2nd yr. 3
CORG 5302
Theory and Practice for Social Movements for Community Organizing
Concurrent with CORG 5354 (Field) and FED 5311 (Field Advising Seminar)
Spring 2nd yr. 3
       
Credit Summary:
      Credits
  Basic Foundation Courses   28
  Advanced Method Concentration Courses (above)   12
RSCH 5340 Additional Research Course   2
CORG 5353
Advanced Field Education III   4
FED 5310*
Field Advising Seminar (Fall Semester)   0
CORG 5354 Advanced Field Education IV   4
FED 5311* Field Advising Seminar (Spring Semester)   1
  Elective Courses   9
    Total Credits: 60

*Registrations will be entered through the Registrar’s Office.