The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Development degree program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture prepares students to serve as innovative and collaborative leaders who empower residents to take charge of the future of their communities.
Courses provide necessary knowledge, values and job-ready skills—students learn to think critically and develop an understanding of the social, political, economic, historical and cultural dynamics that shape modern society. They also learn how to engage stakeholders in and assess a community’s assets, needs and opportunities; as well as develop strategies, programs and policies to improve housing, local economy, food access, social cohesion and resilience.
The curriculum extends into Philadelphia, where students employ best practices, engage in field research and partner with professionals and organizations to tackle complex challenges facing cities. This holistic approach launches graduates who are bold problem solvers into successful careers in community development corporations, housing agencies, nonprofits, foundations and other community-based organizations.