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 124 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 thirteen 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
Community Development Core courses
CDEV 1113Introduction to Community Development3
CDEV 2155Housing and Community Development3
or CDEV 3313 Community Development Finance
CRP 2524Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis3
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management3
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations3
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop3
Community Development Approved Electives
Select four courses from the following list:12
Arts/Material Culture
Tourism in America
The Arts in America
American Things: Introduction to Material Culture
Museums and American Culture
Photography in America
Community as Place
Philadelphia Neighborhoods
American Places: Home, City, Region
Historic Preservation in Philadelphia
Architecture, Urban Design, and American Culture
American Frontiers
Diversity
Jewish Experience in America
AIDS and Society
Gay and Lesbian Lives
Women and Poverty
Gender, Race, Class and The City
Economics and Real Estate
Housing and Community Development 1
Community Development Finance 1
Land Use Planning 2, 3
Public Finance 2
Economics of Development and Growth 2
Real Estate Investment and Finance 2
Real Estate Fundamentals 2
Real Estate Practice 2
Organization and Community Management
Conflict and Communication
Mediation: Principles and Practice
Negotiation Processes
Facilitating Group Decision-Making
Organizational Communication
Community Engagement and Empowerment
Internet and Digital Technologies for Community Engagement 3
Planning and Sustainability
Urban Form and Design 3
Environmental Planning 3
Sustainable Food Systems Planning 3
Ecological Planning and Development 3
Sustainability in Suburban Communities 3
Sustainable Community Design and Development 2, 3
Transportation Planning 3
Earth Ethics
Social Change
Radicalism in the United States
The Class Experience in America
Immigrant Experiences in America
Literature and Political Change
Courtroom in American Society
Honors Ideal America: Reform, Revolution, and Utopia 2
Modern American Social History
Public Policy
American State and Local Politics
Urban Politics and Problems
Urban Politics
The Politics of Inequality
The Politics of Poverty
Urban Crime and Justice
Victims in Society
Criminal Courts and Criminal Justice
Planned Change
Prisons in America 2
Organized Crime
Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Race and Criminal Justice 2
Violence, Crime, and Justice
Psychology and Criminal Justice
Topics in Community Development or Community & Regional Planning
Topics in Community Development 4
Special Topics in Community Development 4
Topics in Community & Regional Planning 3, 4
Special Topics 3, 4
Total Credit Hours39
1

May be used as approved Community Development elective if not used as the required Community Development Core course.

2

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

3

Students who plan to enroll in the M.S. in City and Regional Planning should consult with the department Chairperson concerning any elective choices from Community and Regional Planning (CRP) undergraduate courses.

4

The course is acceptable if the topic is appropriate and approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Note: This list may be modified periodically by adding appropriate courses and categories and deleting courses no longer offered.

Electives (approximately 49-50 s.h.)
Students should consult with their advisor for additional recommended electives.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Community Development

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 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
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
Elective 13
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis [WI] (S)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following Fundamentals Statistics courses:3
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences [GQ] 
Elements of Statistics 
Statistics for Psychology 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Social Statistics 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CRP 2524Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Electives16
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Housing and Community Development (SO) 
Community Development Finance (SE) 
Select one of the following Fundamentals Economics courses:3
Introduction to the Economy 
Macroeconomic Principles 
Microeconomic Principles 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management (F)3
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
Electives19
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
Electives112
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations [WI] (F)3
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
Electives19
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop (S)3
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
Electives110-11
 Term Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

Consult with your advisor for suggested options.

Suggested Sequence of Required Major Courses for Students Who Begin the Community Development Major as Juniors

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 3
FallCredit Hours
CDEV 1113Introduction to Community Development (F)3
CRP 2524Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)3
Select one of the following Fundamentals Statistics courses:3
Elements of Statistics 
Social Statistics 
Foundations in Statistical Methods 
Statistics for Psychology 
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences [GQ] 
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis [WI] (S)3
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
Select one of the following:3
Housing and Community Development (SO) 
Community Development Finance (SE) 
Select one of the following Fundamentals Economics courses:3
Introduction to the Economy 
Macroeconomic Principles 
Microeconomic Principles 
 Term Credit Hours12
Year 4
Fall
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management (F)3
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations [WI] (F)3
Community Development elective (from approved list)3
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop (S)3
Community Development electives (from approved list)6
 Term Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours: 39