Embark on a challenging and meaningful career in Community Development with Minneapolis College’s multifaceted and holistic program that intersects community development, community organizing, and indigenous cultures. Become a leader that makes a difference in people’s lives, working to improve urban communities and affecting change through policymaking at local, state and federal levels.
- Faculty members have community organizing and development experience on the national, state and local levels.
- The community development curriculum, which was developed through a partnership between Minneapolis College and the Native American Community Development Institute, emphasizes the Native American experience as well as the study of all culture groups.
- The program takes a holistic approach, showing you how to leverage local organizing and development techniques to make a difference.
- You’ll get practical skills and develop the critical skills needed for employment in community development through varied classes in business, project management and communication.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of community development, community organizing, and social movements, with a particular focus on indigenous communities, communities of color, and other marginalized communities.
- Describe and assess strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to community organizing, community development, advocacy, and leadership.
- Demonstrate cultural competence skills and an understanding of human diversity.
- Research and analyze social, political, and economic issues, and public policies, with an emphasis on those that relate to indigenous communities, communities of color, other marginalized communities and urban settings.
- Analyze power and the factors that lead to inequality in various contexts (interpersonal, local, state, national, global).
- Develop media, policy, community organizing, and personal leadership action plans.