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Minor in Counseling and Social Change


This new 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.

Key Features of the Minor
  • 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 Will I 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
What Does the Counseling and Social Change Minor Require?
  • Two electives and four core courses (18 units)
  • Electives may be taken from multiple departments.
  • Open to all students
How to Sign Up:
Meet with the Director or one of the Peer Advisors to plan out your classes and get the appropriate paperwork signed.
  • Please bring a declaration for Major-Minor form with you when you meet with the advisor.

Sequence of Courses

Freshman Sophmore Junior Fall Junior Spring Senior Fall Senior Spring
Completed in EITHER the Freshman or Sophmore 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
Selected in the Fall or Spring in EITHER the Junior or Senior Year

Contact Information

Sarah Kahn, Ph.D. LMFT
Director and Advisor

Office Location: North Education Building, Rm 162-B & 162-D
Phone: 619-594-5508


Walk In Advising Hours: 

Mondays 9:00 to 11:30 AM (Dr. Kahn, Director)

Mondays 5:00 to 7:00 PM (Deserea Blockness, Peer Advisor)

Tuesdays 9:00 to Noon (Briana Codallos, Peer Advisor)

Wednesday 9:00 to 11:30 AM (Krystal Monroe, Peer Advisor)

Thursday 1:00 to 4:00 PM (Phillip Salas, Peer Advisor) 

Up-dates and Announcements

We will be adding two additional course sections to the fall schedule. 


  • CSP 400 "Intro to the Counseling and Helping Professions"  (Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:40 pm)
  • CSP 320 "Counseling Skills and Practices"                            (Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm)


Be sure to add both of these classes to your wishlist to recieve enrollment information. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Kahn at 


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Specific Requirements for the CSC Minor

Lower Division Elective: Course (3 units)

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

CORE: 4 Courses (12 units)

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

Upper Division Electives: 1 Course (3 units)*

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