Community Development, BA

Graduates of the Community Development, BA program will have the technical and interpersonal skills for careers in economic development, community health, and education.

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

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.


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:

  1. CDVCTR 201 Introduction to Community Development
  2. CDVCTR 210 Introduction to Community Health
  3. ENVSCI 270 Cities and the Environment
  4. ENVSCI 281 Introduction to GIS

300 Level Methods Requirement:

  1. CDVCTR 301
  2. CDVCTR 303

Seminar Requirement (2 courses)

  1. ENVSTY 210
  2. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Community Development BA Program, students will be able to:

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