Planning and Community Development

General

Program Title

Planning and Community Development

Degree Designation

BA

Program Level

Undergraduate

Instruction Mode

Online and On Campus

Program Description

Community Development is a dynamic field of study that works to improve the economic, social, and environmental qualities of our communities. It focuses on the design and implementation of programs designed to make a community a better place to live and work. Community Development integrates the following key elements: the characteristics of rural, suburban, and urban communities, emphasizing their heritage, built and natural environments, economic and social conditions, and cultural features; the issues confronting communities, such as suburban sprawl, rural development, affordable housing, traffic congestion, downtown revitalization, aging populations, heritage preservation, and neighborhood cohesion, to name a few; and strategies to address community issues, which can combine aspects of community organization, urban and regional planning, citizen participation, community design, economic development, advocacy, and sustainable development. This program is an applied career-oriented major.

College/School

School of Public Affairs

Status

Active

Requirements

Learning Outcomes

Objective

Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in planning

Objective

Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes and audiences

Objective

Describe applications of planning to city and community development

Objective

Formulate policies and propose appropriate programs to meet desired outcomes in a variety of planning areas

Objective

Interpret, design, and conduct basic research using metholdogy from the various planning domains to interpret findings

Objective

Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving

Objective

Understand the effects of different planning programs and practices to variety of communities

Objective

Apply ethical standards to address planning policy issues, evaluate planning discipline and practice

Objective

Enhance capacity for independent work as well as teamwork

Objective

Demonstrate effective writing and communication for different purposes

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