What is Community Development?

Communities are a vital piece of the social life and growth of people. This discipline recognizes the relationship of social, economic, and demographic change on community viability and sustainability. Community developers have the tools to understand and integrate core concepts of the discipline in their own communities and communities that surround them.

Careers in Community Development

Why choose Community Development?

The purpose of the minor is to prepare students to integrate community development concepts into their own occupations and academic majors and take a more active role in the affairs of their own communities. This minor will expose students to both academic and experiential aspects of community and economic development. The program includes a core of community development course work and elective course work in three areas related to community and economic development - economics, business administration and social science.

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18

Required Courses:    (6 credits)

SOC 405  Community Development
EMGT 410  Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning


Economic Electives: Select at least one course from the following:    (3 credits)

AGEC 220 World Agricultural Development
AGEC 350  Agrisales
AGEC/BUSN 347 Principles of Real Estate
AGEC/BUSN 474 Cooperatives
ECON 341  Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON 461  Economic Development
ECON 470  Public Economics
ECON 472  International Trade
ECON 481  Natural Resource Economics

Business Administration Electives: Select at least one course from the following:  (3 credits)

ACCT 102  Fundamentals of Accounting
ACCT 200  Elements of Accounting I
ACCT 201  Elements of Accounting II
BUSN 430  Legal and Social Environment of Business
BUSN 431  Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts
BUSN 432  Business Law II-Business Organization and Commercial Transactions
BUSN 487  Managerial Economics
FIN 320  Principles of Finance
FIN 410  Investment Analysis and Management
FIN 430  Management of Financial Institutions
MGMT 301  Management for Non-Business Majors
MGMT 430  Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 453  Understanding and Managing Diversity in Organizations
MGMT 470  Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
MGMT 471  Leading the Nonprofit Organization
MRKT 301  Marketing for Non-Business Majors
MRKT 450  Marketing Research

Social Science Electives: Select at least one course from the following:    (3 credits)

COMM 200  Introduction to Media Writing
COMM 472  Public Relations Campaigns
EMGT 101  Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes
EMGT 264  Disaster Recovery
EMGT 461  Business Continuity and Crisis Management
GEOG 455  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
POLS 360  Principles of Public Administration
SOC 431  Environmental Sociology
SOC 439  Social Change
SOC 465  Applied Demographics
SOC/BUSN/ECON 196  Field Experience (or 296, 396, 496; no more than 3 credits)
SOC/BUSN/ECON 199 Special Topics (or 299, 399, 499; no more than 3 credits)

Select one additional course from the above categories  (3 credits)
Total Credits: 18

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