Planning and Community Development


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Planning and Community Development

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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.


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Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

High School / GED

Required GPA for graduation


Does this BA major require fewer than 45 credits? Please check the following as appropriate.

BA majors requiring fewer than 45 credits require one of the following: one year of coursework in a single foreign language, or a second major, or a minor.


Program Learning Outcomes


Develop and demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives and historical trends, and working knowledge of the various planning domains, and describe applications of planning to city and community development.


Develop scientific reasoning, ability to conduct research, interpret data, and formulate appropriate policies, programs, or solutions applicable to cities, and communities.


Develop knowledge regarding ethical practices in planning and apply them to evaluate planning discipline and practice.


Demonstrate multi-purpose effective writing, ability to interact effectively with others, and exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes and audiences.


Apply planning-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management and teamwork skills to career goals and to the development of professional development after graduation.

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