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Prepare to tackle the 21st century challenges of how to empower culturally, economically and geographically disadvantaged communities. Assist communities to develop sustainable solutions to long-term social, economic, and environmental inequalities.
Students work directly with community stakeholders, and develop skills to serve as critical links between those communities, local governments, and state and federal programs. Learning extends beyond the classroom with hands-on experience through service learning, field research, informal gatherings and workshops.
Graduates are expected to develop the following competencies upon completion of the program:
Understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, historic, and cultural dynamics shaping the region.
Proficiency in engaging stakeholders, assessing a community’s assets, needs, and opportunities.
Capacity to prepare plans for what a community wants to achieve, and to develop strategies, programs and policies to improve the quality of life.
Learning extends beyond the classroom with hands-on experience through service learning, field research, informal gatherings, and workshops. Community Development major courses are available at Temple University Center City and Temple University Ambler afternoons and evenings and also at the Main Campus.
Students graduating from community development program are frequently employed by non-profit organizations, community development corporations, local governments, as community organizers and by banks and other financial corporations for their community investment programs.
For detailed program requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Learn more about the Center for Sustainable Communities.