The Minor in Community Development, offered by the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design (AED), is available to all undergraduate matriculating Temple University students (except for students majoring in Community Development). Community Development as a field embraces both citizen activists and professionals in planned efforts to identify, enhance and create social and physical assets that increase the capacity of residents to improve their quality of life. Through this minor, students undertake formal studies about community development, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens and civically engaged professionals.

In this 18-credit minor, students will learn to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, historic, and cultural dynamics shaping various types of communities. Courses provide important knowledge, values, and skills necessary for community development work. The three electives allow students to explore interests in different facets of community development.

The minor provides students with stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in planning and other related fields.

Campus Location: Main

Contact Information

Jeffrey P. Doshna, PhD, AICP, Program Head, Planning and Community Development
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Architecture Building, Room 213
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in courses satisfying minor requirements and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the required 18 credits to earn the minor.

  • A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Community Development toward any other major, minor, or certificate.
  • At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University.
  • Courses for the minor must be completed prior to graduation.
Note: The symbol after the course title 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
Required Courses
CDEV 1113Introduction to Community Development (F)3
CDEV 2013Community Redevelopment and Revitalization3
Select two of the following:6
Housing and Community Development (SO)
Nonprofit Management (F)
Community Development Finance (SE)
Community Engagement and Empowerment
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (F)
Select two of the following:6
Environmental Justice in Communities
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
Urban Form and Design
Land Use Planning
Environmental Planning
Sustainable Food Systems Planning
Ecological Planning and Development
Sustainability in Suburban Communities
Sustainable Community Design and Development
Internet and Digital Technologies for Community Engagement
Transportation Planning
Introduction to Emergency Management Planning
Topics in Community & Regional Planning
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours18