Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State University offers new Bachelor's degree in community development

Alistair Dominguez

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PHOENIX, AZ — The Arizona State University will offer a new bachelor's degree program in community development. The aim for the new bachelor is to certify the graduates to face the demand for new jobs in the related field.

According to Christine Buzinde, the director of the School of Community Resources and Development, the new program will be taught by academic specialists and key industry experts.

"This is an applied program that will equip students with hands-on learning experiences needed to be successful in pursuing jobs in a diverse range of community development contexts," Buzinde said.

Professor Mark Roseland said that the students will study the applications and principles of community management, as well as achieving community engagement skills and the lessons needed to work with stakeholders. He also added that graduates will be able to apply the knowledge of sustainable development, social and environmental justice, participatory democracy and communicating the impact of various entities' actions on society. Those are the knowledge that will be used in affordable housing, food security, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation careers.

"Students will help in the transition from a 'take, make, waste' linear economy to a more circular economy based on reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling," Roseland said. He added that the profits of a circular economy will be worth of $2.7 trillion per year by 2050.

"With this degree, students can either enter the workforce immediately upon graduation or pursue graduate study," Roseland said. The School of Community Resources and Development is also launching a graduate degree in community development.

Courses for this bachelor's program include CRD 100: Introduction to Community Development; CRD 200: Foundations of Community Development; CRD 300: Research Methods and Applied Skills and CRD 400 Capstone: Leadership, Applied Skills and Community Development. The first course will start this fall semester.

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