Bachelor of Science in Community Development

The Bachelor of Science in Community Development prepares students to learn to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics shaping various types of communities. Particular emphasis is given to empowering disadvantaged communities to address inequalities and improve their long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The program enables students to lead efforts to create and maintain healthy, sustainable communities by providing a broad-based understanding and awareness of multi-dimensional aspects of urban and suburban community challenges in a metropolitan regional context and the means of effecting change from both grass-roots and public policy perspectives.

Eligible undergraduate students can also choose the +1 accelerated B.S. in Community Development and M.S. in City & Regional Planning Program. The accelerated degree program enables students to complete both degree programs in 5 years by taking up to 12 specified graduate credits to fulfill the undergraduate degree requirements. Upon graduation from their undergraduate program, students move seamlessly into their graduate program, which they complete in one additional year.

To be eligible for the program, students must be declared community development majors; have a minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA in at least 45 credits of coursework taken at Temple; be able to complete their undergraduate degree according to the specified academic plan; and be able to complete the graduate degree in one additional year including two summer semesters of graduate coursework. Community development majors apply to the +1 accelerated program in March of their sophomore year.

Sasha W. Eisenman, Ph.D., Chair, Architecture and Environmental Design
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Dixon Hall, Room 201
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

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

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 GenEd 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 1
Foundations in Statistical Methods
Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences 1
Elements of Statistics 1
Social Statistics 1
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Economy
Macroeconomic Principles 1
Microeconomic Principles 1
ARCH 1502Investigations into Built Environment Professions 11
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) 13
CDEV 3313Community Development Finance3
CDEV 3455Community Engagement and Empowerment3
CDEV 4889Community Development Workshop 13
CDEV Methods and Practice Electives
Select from the following courses for a total of 12 credits:12
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
Independent Study in Community Development
Directed Reading/Study in Community Development
Internship and Professional Practice in Community Development 1
Urban Form and Design 2
Land Use Planning
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 1, 3
Seminar: Special Topics in Site and Context 1, 3
Engaging Places: Observations
Housing and Community Design 1
Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
Honors Introductory Seminar in Community Arts
Research and Project Planning Seminar in Community Arts 1
Honors Research and Project Planning in Community Arts
Art and Environment in American Culture
Introduction to Web Design
The Art of Infographics 1
Real Estate Fundamentals 1
Real Estate Practice 1
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
Leadership in Organizations
Facilitating Group Decision-Making
Community and Crime Prevention
Urban Crime Patterns
The Politics of Inequality
The Politics of Poverty
Gender, Race, Class, and the City
Women and Poverty
Total Credit Hours61

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 2021-2022 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
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
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
CDEV 2155Housing and Community Development (SO)3
CDEV 2596Community Planning Analysis [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Elective13
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
CDEV 3113Nonprofit Management (F)3
CDEV 3455Community Engagement and Empowerment3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective I3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours15
CDEV 3313Community Development Finance3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective II3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
CDEV 3197Community-based Organizations [WI] (F)3
CDEV Methods & Practice Elective III3
CDEV Interdisciplinary Elective I22-3
Free Electives16
 Term Credit Hours14-15
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