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.
- Our program takes a holistic approach to community development, recognizing the intersections between the economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities.
- Faculty members have community organizing and development experience on the national, state and local levels.
- Our core curriculum draws heavily from the experiences and perspectives of indigenous communities, communities of color, and other historically marginalized communities in urban settings.
- The program’s core curriculum was developed in partnership with the Native American Community Development Institute and continues to be shaped by an advisory committee comprised of members from a variety of governmental institutions, non-profit organizations, and other community partners.
- Our program is a founding member of Community Learning Partnership (CLP), a national network of academic programs that prepare students for careers in social change.
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.