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Community Development Minor

Community development involves community members working in collaboration with churches and other nonprofit organizations, governments, businesses, and academia to engage the community in hearing the community’s stories and challenges, revealing and mobilizing its resources, and engaging in solutions and opportunities together.

The Community Development Minor is a unique, interdisciplinary minor providing students opportunities to experience and explore community development through three distinct tracks. Each track combines a mix of theory and practice as students directly observe and experience community development.

Canadian Poverty
This track introduces students to the nature, causes, and consequences of poverty. Consideration will be given to the impact of poverty and the ways in which social and economic policy, along with social enterprises, work to address poverty elimination in a Canadian context.

International Development
This track prepares students for involvement in international communities and economic development, as well as in missional organizations in poorer communities and regions of the world. Issues of social justice such as poverty, inequality and oppression will be addressed.

Nonprofit Management
This track equips students for the process of managing nonprofit organizations and their ever-changing external environments, in areas such as strategic leadership and governance, marketing and communication, fundraising and financial management, as well as human resource and volunteer management.

Community Development (18 credits)
(If a class is chosen in one category, it may not be chosen again in a subsequent category)

Canadian Poverty Track
DVST 210 Introduction to Community Development
BUS 301/DVST 301 Intermediate Domestic Community Development
BHS 350/DVST 350 Poverty in Western Society 
Three of the following:
     BHS 330/REL 330 Psychology, Theology, and Indigenous Thinking
     BHS 450 Intersections Between Poverty and Government Policy
     PS 306/DVST 306 Basic Skills and Practice for Working with Individuals who are Vulnerable and Homeless 
     PS 307 Psychological Impacts of Poverty
     SO 220 Social Problems

International Development Track
DVST 210 Introduction to Community Development
BUS 302/DVST 302 Intermediate International Community Development
BUS 304/DVST 304 or BUS 404/DVST 404 Travel Study
ICS 205 Intercultural Competence
Two of the following:
     BUS 305/DVST 305 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
     DVST 402/SO 402 Human Trafficking
     ECO 110 Microeconomics and Macroeconomics I
     ICS 202 Cultural Anthropology
     ICS 303 Global Forms of Violence Against Women
     SO 403 Global Criminology

Nonprofit Management Track
DVST 210 Introduction to Community Development
BUS 305/DVST 305 Management of Non-Profit Organizations
Two of any 100-level or higher ECO courses, or 200-level or higher BUS or ACC courses
One of:
     BUS 301/DVST 301 Intermediate Domestic Community Development
     BUS 302//DVST 302 Intermediate International Community Development
One course from either the Canadian Poverty track or the International Development track