While community development means many things to many people, one good definition is “preserving and raising the community’s standard of living through a process of human and physical infrastructure development based on the principles of equity and sustainability.” The Graduate Certificate in Community Development is a 18-hour sequence that combines graduate classroom studies with community-oriented research and service experiences. Students seeking admission to the certificate program are required to fulfill the general requirements for admission to graduate programs at CSU, which includes attainment of a 3.0 GPA at the undergraduate level. Students who have not taken Geog 4500, Urban Geography, or an equivalent course may be required to make up the deficiency. Students who have taken some of the required courses for the certificate at CSU or their equivalents elsewhere are encouraged to consult the graduate advisor.
All the courses are offered in the evening and are delivered in a two-year cycle that can be entered at any point although it is strongly recommended that the Seminar be taken as the last course. Courses taken for the certificate may be subsequently applied toward the M.A. in Geography.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social and economic processes that affect the dynamics and growth of American cities
- Demonstrate an understanding of how cities are governed and the role that public planning and community development plays within the governance structure
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the history, theories, and practices of community organizing and community organizations
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the history, theories, and practices of community development and community economic development
- Be able to use the methods and tools for analyzing the state of cities and their neighborhoods
- Be able to design and complete a community development-related research and/or action project
Core (15 hours)
GEOG 5520 Principles and Practices of Urban and Regional Planning
GEOG 5530 Neighborhood Development
GEOG 5540 Community Analysis
SOC 5450 Community Organizing
GEOG 5550 Seminar in Community Development
5000-level elective (3 hours) - students choose one of the following:
GEOG 5050 Geography of Metropolitan Chicago
GEOG 5250 Geography of Food and Hunger
GEOG 5290 Environmental Justice
GEOG 5500 Urban Geography
GEOG 5590 Urban Field Experience
MSW 5426 Diversity/Ethics in Social Work
MSW 5432 Family Support and Development
**GEOG 4500/5500: Urban Geography; SOC 3400: The Urban Community; or an equivalent course is a prerequisite for the program.
Dr. Daniel Block, Graduate Advisor