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Counseling and Social Change


Undergraduate Program Graduate Program Concentration Focus Online Hybrid

The counseling and social change minor is offered through the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and provides students the tools to seek change in diverse social contexts. It is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary 18-unit minor that encompasses social justice and diversity.

This minor, offered through the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP), builds on CSP’s commitment to facilitating individual, group and systems change in diverse social contexts. The minor introduces students to skills and concepts used to understand and create such change, and to professional career paths such as school and community counseling, clinical psychology, social work, family therapy, and school psychology. It provides immersion in theory and experience-based practice. The minor is open to all students.

There are four core classes with additional classes selected from other departments such as Women Studies, Africana Studies or Sociology. The curriculum focuses on human relationships, and pushes students to cause social change in their communities.

  • Open to students in all majors
  • Preparation for graduate study in human services fields such as community, rehabilitation, or school counseling; clinical counseling, or school psychology, social work, or marriage and family therapy
  • Emphasis on social justice, diversity, and social location issues
  • Course electives selected from several departments
  • Core Courses in Department of Counseling and School Psychology

What you will learn:

  • Theories, approaches and helping techniques used in human services fields; for instance, attending and responding skills, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Influences of socio-cultural issues on shaping human problems
  • How to examine gender, ethnicity and class in cultural interactions between clients and human service professionals
  • Context and systemic influences on the intersection of social change and social justice

To complete the minor you must complete two elective and four core courses as detailed below.

One eligible lower division course (3 unit)
Completed in EITHER the Freshman or Sophomore Year
CSP 400
Counseling and the Helping Professions
CSP 401
Quest for Identity
CSP 320
Intro to Counseling Skills and Practices
CSP 460
Counseling and Social Change
Plus one eligible upper division elective (3 unit)
Selected in the Fall or Spring in EITHER the Junior or Senior Year

Specific Requirements of the Minor

Lower Division Elective: 1 Course (3 units)

CFD 135, 270, 272; PSY 101; SOC 101, 150; SWORK 110, 120;  WMNST 101, 102

CORE: 4 Courses (12 units)

Core classes must be taken in the following order:

  1. CSP 400 Counseling & the Helping Professions (3)
  2. CSP 401 Quest for Identity (3)
  3. CSP 320 Introduction to Counseling Skills & Practices (3)
  4. CSP 460 Counseling & Social Change (3)

Upper Division Elective: 1 Course (3 units)*

AFRAS 320, 331; ASIAN 459, 460; ED 451; CFD 335, 536, 537, 560, 578; CSP 300, 310*, 420; PSY 344, 345; SOC 352, 436, 450; SWORK 370; WMNST 310, 360, 536, 572, 565

See  Our Faculty page for information about and contact information for our faculty and lecturers.

Learn more about our class Popular Culture and Counseling!

Important Resources

  • Tuition cost
    Unit prices are subject to change. Visit the Office of Admissions Estimated Cost of Attendance page for the latest information.
  • Financial aid
    All courses are eligible for Financial Aid. Contact the SDSU Financial Aid Office and speak to a financial aid officer familiar with loans for special programs.

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Meet with the Director or one of the Peer Advisors to plan out your classes and get the appropriate paperwork signed.

Note: please bring a declaration for Major-Minor form with you when you meet with the advisor.


Symposium: Post-Graduation Stressors and Strategies

We are having a Student Success Fee event titled "Post-Graduation Stressors and Strategies" on Sunday March 15th from 1:00 to 4:30 pm in Montezuma Hall

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Save the Date: CSC Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2020! Save the date for the Counseling and Social Change Graduation Celebration. Friday, May 1, 2020. 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, 2nd Floor, Theater. Questions: [email protected] or 619-885-1641.

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2020-2021 CSC Peer Advisor Application

Apply to be a peer advisor for the Counseling and Social Change Minor. Applications open Feb. 10 - March 20. #MinorForAMajorChange 

  • Work alongside program director, Dr. Kahn
  • Learn professional develoment skills
  • Take on leadership roles
  • Work closely with students
  • Looks AMAZIN?G on your resume!

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