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Bachelor of General Studies in Community Development

The BGS in Community Development is designed for practitioners in community development. Courses provide students with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in dynamic, multi-disciplinary, field. The coursework is designed to support current practitioners who are seeking to build on their professional experience. Alternatively, those new to the field can select courses to help develop skills to prepare for careers.

Total Major Credits (24 credits)

Required Courses: (15 credits)

CD 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development  
CD 350 Housing and Development Skills  
CD 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development  
CD 352 Non-Profit Management  
CD 440 Public Administration Practicum  

The practicum may be satisfied through either the documentation of community development employment or experience or through learning experiences acquired by placement.

Major Electives (9 credits)
Select three courses from the areas of leadership and nonprofit management, housing, planning and development skills, and community economic and social development, with advisor approval.

Core Curriculum (30 credits)
Includes two writing courses (including Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science, and speech; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Electives (66 credits)

Total Credits required to graduate (120 credits)