Changemaking Program Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The Changemaking minor provides students with a range of knowledge, perspectives, methodologies, and skills that will equip them well to make positive social change and to be engaged, active members of their communities. One of the goals of the minor is to provide a curriculum for students to critically understand and implement social change projects. We want our students to not only develop innovative approaches to existing problems but we also want them to develop a deep understanding of the systemic roots of these issues, as well as the ability to empathize with others. In addition, we want our students to recognize that the most urgent challenges facing our communities today are ones that impact all of us and that we are all interconnected not only with respect to the challenges but with respect to the ways of addressing them as well. Because the most important and complex issues in the 21st century will require an interdisciplinary approach in order to effectively address them, this minor provides students with classroom and practical experiences that span different schools, units, and departments at the University of San Diego.