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Community Development (C Dev)

Graduate Courses |

(Interinstitutional Graduate Program)

Participating Institutions:

Iowa State University
Kansas State University
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
North Dakota State University
South Dakota State University

Community Development is an interinstitutional distance education program offered through the Web. The student selects a home institution, which grants the degree. After admission at the home institution, the student takes courses from each of the six institutions: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, North Dakota State University, and South Dakota State University.

At Iowa State University, Community Development is an optional area of specialization within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies degree program that consists of 37 semester credit hours. A creative component is required. A computer with minimum specifications, Web access, and an email address are required for completing the program.


Students choosing to receive their degree from Iowa State University complete all the admissions, registration and fee payment processes through ISU.


C Dev 502. Community and Natural Resource Management. (3-0) Cr. 3. Detailed introduction to community resource management. Theoretical frameworks, methodological investigation, applied practices. Enhancement of ability of community development professionals to work with communities to plan, develop and monitor conversation and development of natural resources with multiple functions.

C Dev 503. Community Development I: Principles and Strategies of Community Change. (3-0) Cr. 3. Analysis of principles and practices of community change and development. Use of case studies to relate community development approaches to conceptual models from diverse disciplines. Exploration of professional practice principles, and student construction of their personal framework for practicing community development.

C Dev 504. Community Analysis: Introduction to Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. Introduction to research methods relevant to community development. Formulate and begin a research effort, methods of data collection and how conceptual frameworks are used to develop the questions and analyze data. Emphasis on strategies for reporting findings and applying findings in community action and methods of evaluating the entire research process. Significant attention paid to issues of research ethics and inclusiveness.

C Dev 505. Community Development II: Organizing for Community Change. (3-0) Cr. 3. Examines role of civil society in community planning efforts. Comparative approach to planning theories and approaches. Focus on change within communities and the roles of government, planners, and citizens in reacting to or shaping change. Dimensions of social capital and the context of change covered.

C Dev 506. Community and Regional Economic Analysis. (3-0) Cr. 3. Introduction to concepts of communities and regions, theories of economic growth, drivers of economic growth, the economic base of a community, sources of growth or decline in the community, roles of local government and institutions, and analytical tools. Strategies for local economic development will also be explored.

C Dev 507. Introduction to Native Communities. (3-0) Cr. 3. A base knowledge course. For students currently working within, in partnership with, or considering working with Native communities. Basic understanding within the context of community development of the diversity of the tribal structures and cultures and the unique history and jurisdictional considerations of these nations. Working with tribes, Federal and Indian relations, and governance and cultural issues.

C Dev 508. Ecological Economics. (3-0) Cr. 3. Approaches economy and community by looking at the inherent interdependence, jointness, and potential complimentarity between ecology and economy (utility) of a place.

C Dev 509. Building Native Community and Economic Capacity. (3-0) Cr. 3. Focus on non-western approaches to helping Native communities build their capacity. Students will learn to take a participatory, culture-centered, and strength-based approach to development.

C Dev 510. Indian Country Agriculture and Natural Resources. (3-0) Cr. 3. Introduction to the historical and contemporary issues related to natural resource management on Native American lands. Philosophical and economic arguments concerning natural resource conservation, preservation and extraction will be explored.

C Dev 599. Capstone Course. (6-0) Cr. 6. This is the capstone experience for the Community Development specialization. Students will work with their POS committee on a final project for the program.