Bachelor of Science in Community Development

Community development as a field embraces both citizen activists and professionals in planned efforts to create social and physical solutions to improve quality of life. Community development focuses on grass roots, community-based initiatives, complementing the field of Urban Planning, which is often more policy driven and government sponsored.

Students will learn to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, historic, and cultural dynamics shaping various types of communities. Students will learn how to engage stakeholders; assess a community’s assets, needs and opportunities; plan what the community wants to achieve; and develop strategies, programs, and policies to improve quality of life. Learning will extend beyond the classroom with hands-on experience through service learning, field research, informal gatherings, and workshops.

With a Community Development major students will be prepared to tackle the challenges of the community development worker in the 21st century, specifically how to empower culturally, economically, or geographically disadvantaged communities to address inequalities and improve their long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Graduates also will be prepared to serve as the critical link between communities, local governments, and state and federal programs in various positions including community organizing, nonprofit organizations, private foundations, community development corporations, community investment specialists and more.

Degree Requirements for the B.S. In Community Development

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Community Development may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major.

At least half of the courses required for the major must be completed at Temple University.

University Requirements

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement assessment.
  • Students must complete requirements of the university General Education (GenEd) program.
    • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the Gen Ed Global/World Society requirement.

Program Requirements

  • The courses fulfilling requirements for the Community Development major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to apply towards degree requirements.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. CDEV 2596 and CDEV 3197 are the specific writing-intensive courses that are required for Community Development majors.
Fundamentals courses
Select one of the following:3
Statistics for Psychology
Foundations in Statistical Methods
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Elements of Statistics
Social Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Economy
Macroeconomic Principles
Microeconomic Principles
ARCH 1502Investigations into Built Environment Professions1
Community Development Core courses
ARCH 1196History of Form of Cities3
CDEV 1113Introduction to Community Development3
CTRP 1017City Planning Principles and Practice3
CDEV 2013Community Redevelopment and Revitalization3
CDEV 2155Housing and Community Development3
CTRP 2524Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis (WI)3
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management3
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations (WI)3
CDEV 3313Community Development Finance3
CDEV 3455Community Engagement and Empowerment3
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop3
CDEV Methods and Practice Electives
Select from the following courses for a total of 12 credits:12
Environmental Justice in Communities
Cooperatives
Grant Writing for Non-Profits
Healthy Community Design and Development
Placemaking: Revitalizing Urban Communities
Gentrification and Equitable Development
Community Economic Development
Topics in Community Development
Special Topics in Community Development
Independent Study in Community Development
Directed Reading/Study in Community Development
Internship and Professional Practice in Community Development
Urban Form and Design 2
Land Use Planning 1
Environmental Planning 2
Sustainable Food Systems Planning 2
Ecological Planning and Development 2
Sustainability in Suburban Communities 2
Sustainable Community Design and Development 1, 2
Internet and Digital Technologies for Community Engagement
Transportation Planning 2
Introduction to Emergency Management Planning
Topics in Community & Regional Planning
Special Topics
CDEV Interdisciplinary Electives
Select from the following courses for a total of 6 credits:6
Seminar: Special Topics in History and Theory 3
Seminar: Special Topics in Site and Context 3
Engaging Places: Observations
Housing and Community Design
Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
Research and Project Planning Seminar in Community Arts
Art and Environment in American Culture
Introduction to Web Design
The Art of Infographics
Real Estate Fundamentals 1
Real Estate Practice 1
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
Leadership and Communication
Facilitating Group Decision-Making
Community and Crime Prevention
Urban Crime Patterns
The Politics of Inequality
The Politics of Poverty
The Politics of Diversity
Women and Poverty
Gender, Race, Class and The City
Total Credit Hours61
1

This course has a prerequisite(s) or registration restriction(s).

2

4+1 students will take the approved graduate level CTRP courses in lieu of free electives in years 3 and 4. These students should consult with advisor before taking CTRP courses to fulfill Methods and Practice electives, to avoid conflicts with the graduate curriculum requirements.

3

Students should consult with their advisor before enrolling in Special Topics courses as topics may vary.

Note: CDEV students are not eligible for the minors in Community Development or City and Regional Planning.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Community Development

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Note: The symbol after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.

(F) = offered fall only
(S) = offered spring only
(SE) = offered spring of even numbered years
(SO) = offered spring of odd numbered years
Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CDEV 1113Introduction to Community Development (F)3
ARCH 1196History of Form of Cities3
ARCH 1502Investigations into Built Environment Professions1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
CTRP 1017City Planning Principles and Practice3
Select one of the following Economics courses:3
Introduction to the Economy 
Macroeconomic Principles 
Microeconomic Principles 
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CTRP 2524Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
CDEV 2013Community Redevelopment and Revitalization3
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3
Elements of Statistics 
Social Statistics 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Statistics for Psychology 
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences [GQ] 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CDEV 2155Housing and Community Development (SO)3
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management (F)3
CDEV 3455Community Engagement and Empowerment3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective I3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CDEV 3313Community Development Finance3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective II3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations [WI] (F)3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective III3
CDEV Interdisciplinary Elective I22-3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop (S)3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective IV3
CDEV Interdisciplinary Elective II24-3
Free Electives15
 Term Credit Hours15-14
 Total Credit Hours: 122
1

Consult with your advisor for suggested options.

2

If one of the CDEV Interdisciplinary Electives is taken for 2 credits, then the second CDEV Interdisciplinary Elective must be 4 credits in order to meet the 6-credit CDEV Interdisciplinary Electives requirement for the major.