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Community Studies Minor at W&M

Fall 2013 CMST Courses

Contact: Monica D. Griffin, Director, Community Studies and Engaged Scholarship; Blow Hall, Room 326B; mdgrif@wm.edu; 221-2495

African American English CMST 250 – 01
CRN -16609 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm MW

School of Education, Room 2021
Prof. Anne Charity Hudley,

This course will explore the linguistic and social features of English as spoken by African-Americans in the United States. We will examine hypothesis about the history and emergence of African-American English and explore the relationship of African-American English to Linguistic theory, Education praxis, American culture, and racial prejudice. In particular, we will combine the study of the language and culture of everyday life with the application of this knowledge to raising the literacy levels of K-12 students.

*** This course is cross-listed with Africana Studies 306, English 464, and Linguistics 464.

Afrn Amer Nature Writers CMST 250 – 03
CRN 18652 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm TR
St George Tucker Hall 310
Prof. Jacquelyn Y
McLendon, jyclen@wm.edu

*** This course is cross-listed with Africana Studies 306, American Studies 350, English 465, and Environmental Sciences and Policy (ENSP) 249.

Critical Engagement in Context CMST 350
CRN - 19112 3:30 pm - 5:50 pm
Blow Memorial Hall 333
Prof. David P Aday,

This course will survey a range of critical theories and perspectives about civic engagement, including but not limited to philosophies of citizenship, organizational structure and efficacy, social justice and inequality, social movements, and others.” One central problem of the course is how to understand inequalities, injustices, and disparities in critical and evidence-based ways. A second concern is how to engage identified inequalities and the like at the community level and with some prospect of promoting positive, meaningful, and sustainable social change. This course privileges social science theory, systematic empirical research, and conclusions and strategies that are grounded in empirical evidence.

***This course is cross-listed with Latin American Studies and Sociology 340.

The Community Studies minor is designed to prepare students for community-based research. Community Studies aims to move students beyond experiences of volunteerism to critically examine the relevance of their academic learning in community settings and develop scholarly approaches to understanding and engaging social issues.

FAQ’s and Answers
Q1: What does the Community Studies Minor require?

Answer: First and foremost, a committed focus and desire to complete

research as an undergraduate student at W&M
. Also, the following:

  • CMST250 Intro. to CMST (Topics vary by professor); or Sharpe Seminar

  • CMST 350 Critical Engagement in Context

  • CMST 351 Methods in Community‐Based Research

  • Electives: At least five (5) credit hours drawn from the College's existing curriculum, in courses that will enrich the student's understanding in a subject area and advance their development toward completing a community‐based research project.

  • Senior Research Paper OR Honors Thesis

Q2: Why is there a 750-word-or-less essay required for Permission to Enroll
in the core courses?

Answer: The CMST Minor requires sustained focus on a research question (or set of questions). This makes the CMST Minor is truly different than other minors on campus that require a combination of courses within a department or across disciplines. The essay helps professors assess how you are thinking critically about a community-based research goal and where you are in your capacity to conduct research. The essay also helps the program to identify a suitable advisor for your research depending on what training you need in order to be successful in achieving both academic and community-oriented goals.
Q3: What about volunteering? Or partnering with community?
Answer: Students are expected to engage in a minimum of 60 hours of work in association with or in collaboration with and within communities connected with their stated community-based research project. The nature of this association and degree of collaboration may vary by student or project. Their fulfillment of this requirement will be monitored and subject to evaluation by the Sharpe Program.
Q4: As a Community Studies Minor, am I eligible for funding?
Answer: YES, enrolled and declared Community Studies Minors are eligible to apply for Sharpe and Community Studies summer research grants at any point in making progress toward community-based research.
Q5: How do I get started?
Answer: BEGIN WRITING the essay to get permission by email to register for a core course. Visit office hours to talk to one of our core course advisors about making an academic plan of study for declaring the CMST Minor. Use the worksheet on the back of this sheet to start planning. (The declaration form is also available on the Community Studies website: type “Community Studies” into the Search line of the W&M website.)

FAQ’s and Answer Sheet

Community Studies Minor at W&M

Self-Design a CMST Major!

Contact: Monica D. Griffin, Director, Community Studies and Engaged Scholarship; Blow Hall, Room 326B; mdgrif@wm.edu; 221-2495

What Community Studies Students Do
William Morris, Class of 2011; Community Studies minor

Honors Thesis: “Bridging the Achievement Gap: an Exploratory Study of a Virginia School”; Advisor: Dr. Vernon Hurte, Education
* William is now a graduate student, Education, University of Pennsylvania
Blair Smith, Class of 2011, Sociology Major/Community Studies minor

Supervised Research: “Feminist Rappers in Hip Hop as Models for Mentoring Young Black Girls”; Advisor: Prof. A. Charity Hudley;

*Blair is now a graduate student, Syracuse University; Director, PAGE for Imagining America Consortium

Brittney Calloway, Class of 2011, Interdisciplinary Studies

Honors Thesis: “An Exploration of Discipline Strategies in Middle Schools”; Advisor: Prof. A. Charity Hudley, English/Education/CMST
*Brittney is now employed by Teach for America, Washington, DC
Jerome Carter, Class of 2012, Africana Studies/Neuroscience double-major

Honors Thesis: “Multicultural Science Education,” Advisor: Prof. A. Charity Hudley, English/Education/CMST

*Jerome is now taking classes at UMBC and Towson to prepare for an MPH and MD.

Ellie Walsh, Class of 2012, Anthropology major/Community Studies minor

Honors Thesis: “Conceptions of and Treatments for Cognitive Disability in Antebellum Virginia: John Minson Galt’s “Lecture on Idiocy” (1859)”; Advisor: Prof. Karen Wulf, American Studies

*Ellie is now a graduate student in Education at Vanderbilt University

Matt Sinclair, Class of 2012, Psychology major, Community Studies minor

Supervised Research: Promoting Positive Youth Development: A case study of ETL's Alpha Beautillion; Advisor: Vernon Hurt, Education

*Matt received the 2010 Galano Award for Community Service and Engagement in Psychology.

Taylor Nelson-Farris, Class of 2013; Psychology major/Community Studies minor

Supervised Research: “Let’s Get Cooking! The Effects of Cooking-Based Nutritional Education on Children’s Willingness to Try New Foods “; Advisor: Catherine Forestell, Psychology
Ashley Pettway, Class of 2013; English major/ Community Studies minor

Supervised Research: “Early Readers, Future Leaders”; Advisor: Anne Charity Hudley
Jackie Carroll, Class of 2013; Sociology/INTR Community Studies double-major

Honors Thesis: “The Non-Profit Industrial Complex & Critical Methodologies in Engaged Scholarship”; Advisor: Monica D. Griffin, Community Studies
Alex Cooper, Class of 2013; Government/INTR Community Studies double-major

Supervised Research:Of Pride and Prejudice: An Analysis of LGBTQ NGOs in Serbia"; Advisor: Monica D. Griffin, Community Studies

At W&M, a student working in consultation with a faculty advisor may formulate an Interdisciplinary Studies major that is uniquely tailored to his or her interest. Community Studies core courses are ideally structured to support students in the process of responsibility formulating a sound academic program of interdisciplinary study toward community-based research with an advisor:

  • CMST250 Intro. to CMST (Topics vary by professor); or Sharpe Seminar

  • CMST 350 Critical Engagement in Context

  • CMST 351 Methods in Community‐Based Research

  • Electives

  • Senior Research Paper OR Honors Thesis

Normally, students pursuing an interdisciplinary major base their program upon a solid understanding of an established discipline, and must include courses from at least three departments, with no more than half of the credit hours from any one department. More than two courses at the introductory level are seldom approved.

Applications for interdisciplinary majors must be submitted to the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies before the beginning of preregistration for the first semester of the student's senior year. All interdisciplinary programs must be compatible with the degree requirements for Arts and Sciences.
CMST Majors are REQUIRED to include either an Independent Study or an Honors project within the proposed major. See examples of our students’ work listed to the right of this column.
For more information about self-designing a Community Studies Major, please contact:
Monica D. Griffin, Director, Community Studies and Engaged Scholarship; mdgrif@wm.edu; (757) 221-2495
Anne Charity Hudley, W&M Professor of CMST

ahchar@wm.edu; (757) 221-3009

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