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Sustainable Community Development

Sustainable Community Development


Sustainable Community Development (SCD) is an interdisciplinary program that integrates curricular and experiential components in architectural studies, economics, environmental studies and sustainability. The program aims to familiarize students with the concept of sustainable development as applied to real world communities.

Requirements include technical writing, service learning, and methods courses. The goal of these courses is to provide students with skills such as survey design, statistics, ethnography, cost/benefit analysis, historical archive research, GIS, environmental impact assessment, and others that will be valuable in community-based research and service projects.

The program offers an interdisciplinary minor.



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Requirements for the minor in Sustainable Community Development

6 courses, interdisciplinary

ENV 101; one technical writing course; one methods course; one service learning (SLC) course; one elective; and, the capstone ENV 402. No more than two courses for the minor may be at the 100-level. Under special circumstances, other equivalent courses can be substituted for these requirements with prior approval by the SCD Chair.

Methods courses for the SCD Minor should focus on developing disciplinary- or program-specific skills applicable to community-based research and service projects. In general, these methods courses should build skills in evidence-based decision making in the sciences, social sciences or humanities.

Specific skills might include but are not limited to survey design, statistics, ethnography, public policy analysis, design and graphic presentation, cost/benefit analysis, historical archive research, GIS, linear regression, environmental impact assessment, etc.