Using the historic Freedom Rides of 1961 as inspiration and point of reference, this course will consider the roles of college students and young adults in social change. Through a focused interdisciplinary and comparative study of related integration and social change movements in specific local, national, and international contexts, students will explore relationships between various social movements and recognize present day opportunities for college students and young adults to lead and influence change. By identifying and actively working on policy issues of interest, students will be able to draw connections to past social change movements and observe how modern organizing strategies, contemporary social change efforts, and new technologies might promote or strengthen, or perhaps complicate and challenge, youth activism. Students will complete creative or artistic projects as well as written proposals or action plans. Class trips, film screenings in class and outside of class, and opportunities for both research and community service will enrich the learning experience.