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Community Development Major Concentration

Community development majors study human and economic development activities in disadvantaged areas, engaging all of the social sciences and many practice disciplines in business, education, and health affairs.

Home HeroCommunity-based non-profit groups lead community development activities to enhance the physical, economic, educational, and social assets of low-asset neighborhoods, thus empowering residents to gain greater control over the future of their communities and enhance family and individual capacities.

The field of community development embraces such topics as affordable housing, small business development, job creation, employment training and job placement, work support, child and elder care, social services, health care, and commercial revitalization with an emphasis on supporting indigenous businesses.

Community development majors engage in internship courses with community-based organizations and certain local government offices. Interning deepens the student's knowledge of community development through exposure to real-time community development challenges.