Community Development

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Community Development at Dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.


Want to be a change agent and make a difference in the world? If so, choose to major in community development at Dordt.

As a community development major, you’ll learn about poverty alleviation—how to help others in a way that’s helpful and not hurtful. Throughout your coursework, you’ll learn about environmental stewardship, creation care, and the effect of current events on the world. Your studies and interactions with faculty will teach you how to build stronger and more resilient communities.

By majoring in community development, you will have a variety of career opportunities including community education, public services, and social services.

Program Options

You will develop expertise in a specific area by selecting from among several areas of specialization as well as building on our foundational core program. 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. As a community development major, you will choose two areas of specialization. A minor requires you to choose one area of specialization. Most minors can choose an area of specialization that relates closely to their major.

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 the environment
  • Public and environmental health
  • Politics and social policy


Majors complete an internship with an organization involved in the type of community development they are most interested in. Some of the places they have interned at include World Renew, Christian Reformed World Missions, Habitat for Humanity, and World Relief.

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Dr. Robert De Haan

Dr. Robert De Haan
Professor of Environmental Studies
Department Chair

SB 2622
(712) 722-6220

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra

Dr. Jeff Ploegstra
Professor of Biology

CL 1418
(712) 722-6280