Community Development Minor

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COMD 101: Community Development Seminar I (1)

An introduction to the community development discipline with an emphasis on current events and a holistic understanding of the discipline. The class will meet in one three hour laboratory block and integrate guest speakers, discussion and analysis, field trips, and interaction (direct or electronic) with community development professionals. Graded on a pass/no record basis.

COMD 151: Communities and the Environment (3)

An introduction to contemporary environmental studies and creation care, with emphasis on class discussion of relationships between human population and resource use in light of biblical teaching about environmental stewardship. Particular attention is given to the biotic and ecological dimensions of creation stewardship and planetary distress. Designed to be taken by community development majors concurrently with Community Development 161. [Cross-listed: CORE 211, Earth Science 151, Environmental Studies 151]

COMD 161: Field and Laboratory Investigations in Environmental Studies (1)

A field and laboratory exploration of fundamental issues, concepts, and techniques of contemporary environmental studies with a biological and ecological focus. Includes visits to sites of natural history and stewardship interest both locally and regionally. Also includes an introduction to important technological tools in environmental studies and analysis of physical and biotic parameters of the environment. Required for students majoring or minoring in Environmental Studies or Community Development. Corequisite: Community Development 151. [Cross-listed: Environmental Studies 161]

COMD 201: Helping Communities Flourish (3)

Christians are called to love their neighbors and can do so by working to strengthen communities in North America and throughout the world. In this course we will examine community development strategies and practices (historical and current) used in domestic, international, urban, and rural settings. Our goal will be to identify those that fit well with a Christian view of the world and are likely to help communities flourish in the long term. We will also explore how these practices and strategies can be successfully implemented. [Crosslisted: CORE 257]

COMD 301: Community Development Seminar II (1)

An examination of emerging trends and practices in community development. Particular emphasis will be put on how the field is developing and how Christians can contribute to it now and in the future. The class will meet in one three hour laboratory block and integrate guest speakers, recent articles and videos, field trips, and interaction (direct or electronic) with community development professionals. Prerequisite: Community Development 201.

COMD 320: Place, Grace, and Humans in Community (3)

A study of the philosophical foundations of social relationships. Possible topics explored include the relationship between groups of people and their physical environment, the possibility of understanding people from different cultures than our own, and whether we can hold other communities to the standards of our own communities. Prerequisite: CORE 200. [Cross-listed: Philosophy 320]

COMD 330: Community Development and the Kingdom of God (3)

An exploration of the opportunities community development professionals have to live as kingdom citizens. This course will build on the framework established in Community Development 201, extending the theoretical and practical concepts and examining how they relate to our calling as Christians to work toward restoration and shalom in urban, rural, domestic, and international settings. Prerequisite: Community Development 201.

COMD 391: Professional Conference Attendance (1)

Participation in a professional community development conference. Examples include the ECHO conference and the International Development Conference at Calvin University. Pre-conference and post-conference activities and assignments will be utilized to help participants prepare for, and process, the experience. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; permission of instructor.



one of the below areas of concentration:
  • Belief Systems and Culture
  • Business and Economics
  • Communication and Digital Media
  • Community Education
  • Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Food Systems
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Politics and Social Policy