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Community Development Minor

Discover the Impact You Can Make With Community Development Skills. 

Community Development is a multi-disciplinary field based in the social sciences. Through UMass Boston's Community Development Minor program, you can customize your focus of study, drawing on a breadth of disciplines to focus on issues at the intersection of the environment and economic development, community health, and planning.

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How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Required Courses (9 Credits)

  • UPCD 120L - Boston: Social Justice and the City 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 201 - History and Theory of Community Development 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 210 - Community Health and Environment 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Complete three courses from the list below.

  • UPCD 301 - Introduction to Research Methods and Community Analysis 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 303 - Quantitative Methods for Community Development 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 321 - Fundamentals of Housing 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 351L - Architecture and Human Built Environment Interactions 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 353L - Community Economic Development in the U.S.: Class, Race, Ethnicity 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 371 - Organizational Behavior for Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 380 - Upper Level Special Topics in Community Development 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 457 - Internship in Community Development 3 Credit(s)
  • UPCD 459 - Capstone in Community Development 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including three required courses and three electives.

Pass/fail: No Pass/Fail grades are allowed in this minor.
Residency: At least three courses for this minor must be taken in residency at UMass Boston. 


Kenneth M. Reardon, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning & Community Development, School for the Environment
2140 S Integrated Sciences Complex 
kenneth.reardon [@]

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