Lead the change in your community

This exciting and innovative Bachelor's Degree program integrates college courses with work in real world settings. The major helps students develop as culturally responsive and ethical leaders who collaborate with community partners to tackle society’s big challenges. The major builds on expertise in the School of Education to help you understand how people learn, how to bring about lasting social change, and how to measure impact. 

As the only program of its kind in Colorado and part of a small number of emerging community engagement degrees nationwide, this degree places you at the cutting edge of social innovation. Pair your degree with any major from the College of Arts and Science. This degree and the experience you'll gain can help launch your career in nonprofit organizations, K-12 or higher education settings, international development, urban planning, social work, or government organizations, as well as further graduate studies.

Imagine yourself in a class where you...

  • learn about democracy and education by helping young people organize a public action project.
  • learn to facilitate difficult conversations across social differences.
  • learn to design and carry out participatory research with community members. 
  • design and implement year-long senior project that makes a big public impact.

 For more information about program requirements and courses, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog.  


  • A close-knit learning community, where you will receive personal support and experience small classes with the same group of classmates throughout your college experience
  • Community-based learning opportunities in each year of study
  • Focus on social justice.
  • Advanced coursework in community-based research methods and learning sciences.
  • The dual degree program, which allows you to combine your Leadership and Community Engagement Major with select majors from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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