The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, in cooperation with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, offers a master's degree in Community Development. The degree is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, online program in conjunction with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Other institutions participating in this program include Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and South Dakota State University.
The primary audience for this program is community economic development officials and specialists already employed in the field.
The program requires a total of 36 credit hours, including 16 credits (six courses) of core courses, 15 credits in two of the four track areas, and up to six credits of thesis. The four track areas include Building Economic Capacity, Natural Resource Management, Working with Native Communities, and Non-profit Leadership.
The objectives of the Community Development graduate degree program are to:
- Increase the skills, knowledge, and competencies of community economic development officials who are currently employed and have limited opportunity to participate in an on-campus degree program.
- Provide graduate training for individuals entering the community economic development career field who require training/degrees for career advancement.
- Enhance the community economic development skills, knowledge, and competencies of individuals working with Native American communities, natural resource-based communities, non-profit organizations, and/or state and local government.
A total of 36 credits are required for the master's degree program. Students will write a thesis or complete a creative component (Plan B) to capstone the degree program, which will be worth six credit hours. The student's schedule of courses must be approved by the faculty adviser and the campus coordinator. Students may select either a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) option. The M.A. option requirement normally includes two (2) years of a foreign language. This requirement can be satisfied with undergraduate courses and/or a proficiency examination.
Students will be required to take all of the six core courses and an additional 15 credits selected from at least two tracks.
There are presently four tracks that have been developed from which students may choose. These include:
- Building Economic Capacity
- Natural Resource Management
- Working with Native Communities
- Non-profit Leadership
|Core Courses Credits||16|
|Community Development Orientation|
|Principles and Strategies of Community Change|
|Community Development II: Organizing for Community Change|
|Community Analysis: Introduction to Methods|
|Community and Regional Economic Policy and Analysis|
|Community Natural Resource Management|
|Specialization Track credits||15|
|General Elective Credits (Choose one of the following)||3|
|Basic Grant Development and Management|
|Community Leadership and Capacity Building|
|CED 798||Master's Thesis ( or creative component (max 6 credits))||6-10|
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRACK
|CED 731||Ecological Economics||3|
|CED 733||Sustainable Communities||3|
|CED 735||Policy and Politics of Coastal Areas||3|
WORKING WITH NATIVE COMMUNITIES TRACK
|CED 721||Introduction to Native Community Development||3|
|CED 723||Building Native Community/Economic Capacity||3|
|CED 725||Wellness in Native Communities||1|
|CED 726||Youth Development in Native Communities||1|
|CED 727||Indian Country Agriculture and Natural Resources||1|
|CED 728||Role of Tribal Colleges in Economic Development||1|
BUILDING ECONOMIC CAPACITY TRACK
|CED 741||Economic Development Strategies and Programs||3|
|CED 742||Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis||1|
|CED 743||Cost-Benefit Analysis||1|
|CED 744||Local Economic Analysis||1|
|CED 745||Land Management Planning||3|