Dordt’s community development major takes a broad interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on systems. Few colleges offer this kind of multi-disciplinary approach to community development. As a student in Dordt’s program, you will take a set of foundational courses that introduce you to the principles and practices of community development. You’ll develop expertise in defined areas by selecting from among several areas of specialization. You will learn from guest speakers, interact directly and electronically with community development professionals, discuss videos and articles on topics and issues in the field, and work with organizations.
The areas of specialization are:
- belief systems and culture
- business and economics
- communication and digital media production
- community education
- facilities and infrastructure
- food systems
- natural resources and environment
- public and environmental health
- politics and social policy
If you major in community development, you will choose two areas of specialization. A minor requires the foundational courses plus one area of specialization. In many cases, those minoring in the program can choose a specialization that relates closely to their major. For example, a business major could select the business and economics area of specialization, while a construction management major may choose the facilities and infrastructure emphasis.