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This program offers community development specialists skills in organization planning, leadership development, and program evaluation. The program allows established and emerging professionals to broaden their perspective on urban-development programs in an inter-disciplinary learning environment by including knowledge from psychology, public service, sociology, geography and liberal studies.

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 16-quarter hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four-quarter hours. Students then must participate in a non-credit research colloquium. Each participant of the colloquium makes a presentation before a small group of students and faculty members. No more than two courses earned toward the certificate shall come from one department. Please note that the list of courses is subject to change. 

Course Requirements

Students may also enroll in the following elective courses, with permission of the program director and often the approval of the instructor. Generally, participants will be limited to one (1) of these courses:

MPS 571

METROPOLITAN PLANNING

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the professional practice of urban planning and the basic theoretical concepts on which the discipline is based. Students will analyze urban issues, decision-making processes, and resources that affect planning across a metropolitan area, including urban-suburban relations, and the complexities of zoning, economic and community development.

GEO 441

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

This course will focus on applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to community studies and community development. As an amalgam of information technologies (e.g. database management, Web 2.0) and earth measurement technologies (e.g. global positioning systems, remote sensing), GIS is rapidly entering the realm of community development. The course will explain how GIS works; enable students to learn techniques including mapping, spatial analysis, and data management; and provide students with the opportunity to apply GIS to community development.

MLS 404

THE CITY

A topical examination of the urban experience using the methods and sources of both historians and social scientists. Topics include survey of various images of the city, utopian and dystopian visions, and the uniqueness of the modern city.

MPS 526

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION

This course analyzes decision-making processes used in local government from the perspective of the chief executive officer such as city manager, township supervisor, special district administrator and park superintendent. It includes operational aspects of municipal administration including the effect of intergovernmental relations on local government, the role of the local government administrator in policy implementation and regional governance of the delivery of services that cross political boundaries. The interaction of the chief executive officer and elected board members with the community are discussed.

MPS 572

URBAN POVERTY SEMINAR

This course explores causes of urban poverty both in the US and abroad. It compares and contrasts policies addressing basic human needs. It includes discussion of global cities and international poverty reduction programs.

MPS 573

URBAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

This course discusses urban issues including social area analysis, neighborhood change, land use and other topics. It examines community organizations as problem-solving bodies that interact with government agencies to affect urban development.

PSY 654

COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Focus on systemic and ecological theories of human behavior, diversity, social support, community intervention and evaluation, empowerment, social change, and working with underserved populations. Community service project required. Cross-level with PSY 354.

PSY 680

INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Application of theories and methods of psychology to the study of human behavior in business, industry, and other organizations. Cross-level with PSY 380.

SOC 426

URBAN DEVELOPMENT POLICIES

Community agencies viewed as problem-solving organizations. Concentration on the impact of state and local government on community organizations and how community organizations influence social policy. Sequel to SOC 425.

SOC 424

THE SOCIOLOGY OF HOUSING

An in-depth approach of a major component of urban life with a focus on federal and local policies, programs and issues.

MPS 529

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

Students learn how to apply strategic management and planning concepts and tools to public and nonprofit including international organizations to achieve goals and objectives in meeting service delivery missions. The course focuses on analyzing the interaction of trends, market forces, stakeholders, and core competencies in developing visions and strategies for alternative scenarios.

PSY 495

GRANT WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY

This course will facilitate students' ability to transpose psychology principles and theory into practice by preparing them to be psychology entrepreneurs via the grant writing process. Class members will become familiar with public and private funding sources, searching for appropriate funding sources, and reviewing a proposal. Class members will create a grant proposal that can be submitted to a funding organization.

PSY 520

PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY

Considerations related to minority status and issues specific to diagnostics and interventions with minority populations.

PSY 567

SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Explores topics of current interest in the area of Community Psychology and related fields for advanced graduate students, with emphases on theory, research and intervention.

PSY 569

SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION

Analysis of major research programs dealing with social and mental health problems with emphasis on epidemiological and socio-clinical research methods. Four quarter hours.

SOC 423

RESEARCH ON URBAN CULTURES

Ethnological approach to urban life stressing the qualitative analysis and evaluation of different types of urban communities, community organizations, and urban life styles.

SOC 360

SOCIAL SERVICES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

Social services and welfare programs as developed in contemporary industrial societies. Comparison between European social services and the American social services provides a basis for considering the implications of social policy. Cross-listed with SOC 432.

SOC 444

POLICING INEQUALITY

Examination of the policies and practices of law enforcement agencies and personnel and their impact on the communities they serve.