Community Studies Program
Advisory Committee: Monica Griffin (Director, Sharpe Community Scholars Program, Sociology); Joel Schwartz (Director, Charles Center, Government); Anne Charity Hudley (William and Mary Professor for Community Studies, English/Linguistics).
The minor in Community Studies, administered through the Charles Center for Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies, offers students a structured opportunity to integrate community-based research and community engagement activities with academic courses. The Community Studies Minor is designed to augment and complement academic concentration in any discipline at the College, starting possibly from a student’s first year and continuing through their senior year at William and Mary. Community Studies students are required to design an academic path of study that meaningfully integrates continuing community-based research and engagement with their course work and leads to the fulfillment of their plan with a capstone research experience or Honors thesis.
Students wishing to pursue a minor in Community Studies must meet with a member of the Advisory Committee to declare the minor after they have taken the introductory course (either a Sharpe freshman seminar or CMST 250) but before they have taken a second CSMT course.