Community Development, BA
The Community Development, BA prepares students for entry and mid-level positions in community development, such as project development managers, property managers, and economic development specialists, and for graduate education in community development and planning. Grounded in the democratic values of local empowerment for social change, the program places emphasis of the role of community development practitioners to facilitate and promote community empowerment through collaborative practices.
What Students Gain
- a program with a collaborative learning approach and project-based research
- small class sizes and ample opportunity to engage with the community
- application of technical skills in geographic information systems (GIS)
- a professional pathway for graduates looking to motivate investment and affect change in local and global communities
Curriculum & Requirements
The community development curriculum provides an introduction to the history, theories, methods, and approaches to community development; critical inquiry knowledge and skills applicable to innovation and community problem solving; communication and interpersonal skills to work with communities and mastery through field-experience and project-based learning.
- 120 total academic credits, at least 30 earned at UMass Boston
- UMass Boston general education requirements
100 Level Core Courses:
ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems (also meets NS gen ed)
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
Statistics/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement:
ENVSCI 261 or MATH 125: Introduction to Statistics
200 Level Core Courses:
- CDVCTR 201 Introduction to Community Development
- CDVCTR 210 Introduction to Community Health
- ENVSCI 270 Cities and the Environment
- ENVSCI 281 Introduction to GIS
300 Level Methods Requirement:
- CDVCTR 301
- CDVCTR 303
Seminar Requirement (2 courses)
- ENVSTY 210
- ENVSTY 310
300/400 Level Electives (4 courses)
Practicum Requirement (1 course): Internship, Capstone or Independent Study
In addition to courses that meet specific general education and major requirements, students are free to take elective courses that complement their work in the major or satisfy any other interests they may have. Students may wish to choose coursework that complements their major such as economics, gerontology or human services. The rich resources of the college and the university are open to them.
Outside the classroom, students will engage in organized partnerships to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to community development practice.
Upon completion of the Community Development BA Program, students will be able to:
- Explain the history, theories, methods and approaches to community development in the United States and globally, and apply lessons learned to different cultural, economic and geographic communities.
- Differentiate various techniques, methods, and approaches to analytic inquiry and their usefulness to explain complex community issues.
- Organize, interpret, and present empirical evidence to support advocacy, inform development strategies, and measure their efficacy.
- Examine diverse positions on contested community issues, including those of different cultural, economic, political, and geographic interests, to find resolutions mindful of diversity.
- Work in partnership with community organizations and groups in identifying, evaluating, and addressing community development issues.
- Work collaboratively with government, for-profit and nonprofit agencies, and community residents to achieve resident-driven development goals.