Community and Regional Development

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Develop an understanding of how economic, political and sociocultural forces are transforming U.S. communities, while building skills to improve the quality of communal life.

The Community and Regional Development major (formerly Applied Behavioral Sciences) aims to provide a broad comparative understanding of theories, methodologies, and issues relevant to the study of communities and the people in them. The program focuses on the ways that economic, political and socio-cultural forces are transforming regions and local communities, and it considers how knowledge can be used to improve the quality of community life.

The program

Principal subjects of study within the major are community and organizational development, social change processes, the role of culture and ethnicity in shaping community life, community research methodologies, the impacts of innovation and technology on community development, and the effects of social, economic and political systems on communities. The major is organized to allow students to develop fields of concentration that meet their career goals


  • Global Communities
  • Organization and Management
  • Policy, Planning, and Social Services     

Career options

  • Business
  • Child, Family and School Social Worker
  • City and Regional Planner
  • Community Developer
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Community Organizer and Activist
  • Consultant
  • Education Administrator
  • Government Executive and Legislator
  • Health Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Public Interest Advocate
  • Social Worker

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