Community Development, BA

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Prepare for the career of social importance you've always dreamed of. Learn the informed and effective approaches that engage communities and facilitate sustainable partnerships.

The BA program in community development equips students with tools to collaborate with, empower and educate diverse community constituents by drawing on grassroots and inclusive frameworks such as sustainable development, social and environmental justice, participatory democracy, social and economic equity and social accounting.

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Community Development, BA

Required Courses

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Career outlook

This degree serves students seeking to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation as well as those wanting to pursue graduate study.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for social and community service managers is projected to grow at a 10% rate. Graduates can be expected to pursue employment in community service-oriented careers in the public, private or civil and nonprofit sectors. These may include public relations and fundraising management, social and human service, community recreation, urban and regional planning, social purpose real estate and property development, community health, or serving as community and social service specialists.

In addition to broad employment opportunities, graduates can pursue advanced studies in areas such as nonprofit management, community resources and development, sustainable tourism, social work or public affairs, as well as in criminology and criminal justice.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 10.3%$58,670
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Public Relations Managers
Recreation Workers8.7%$24,540
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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