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Community & Regional Planning

Founded 2001

Deborah Howe, F.A.I.C.P., Ph.D.

Chair
West Hall 210
267-468-8300
crp@temple.edu
www.ambler.temple.edu/crp

There is a need in this region and throughout the nation for professionals with the skills and knowledge to positively influence the growth and revitalization of communities.  The Bachelor of Science in Community Development provides students with the skills to empower culturally, economically, or geographically disadvantaged communities to address inequalities and improve their long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Students learn how to engage stakeholders; assess a community’s assets, needs and opportunities; plan what the community wants to achieve; and develop strategies, programs, and policies to improve the quality of life in urban, rural, and suburban communities.  Learning extends beyond the classroom with hands-on experience through service learning, field research, informal gatherings, and workshops. 

The Community Development program prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities including community outreach efforts; economic development; community development corporations; nonprofit organizations; private foundations; and consultants.   This major also prepares students for graduate studies in planning and related fields.   Community Development majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 will be eligible to participate in a  “four plus one”  program in which they may take up to four graduate courses that count toward both the bachelor’s degree in Community Development and the Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning. 

The Department of Community and Regional Planning offers a four-year baccalaureate program (B.S.) in Community Development, undergraduate minors in Community Development and in Community and Regional Planning, a master’s program (M.S.) in Community and Regional Planning, and two graduate certificates.  The Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

 

Community Development Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall and in the major. A grade of C- or higher is required in all required General Education courses and in the required courses for the major.  At least half of the courses required for the major must be completed at Temple University.

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1.  University requirements

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  See below for a list of the specific courses that are required for Community Development majors.
  • Students must complete requirements of the university General Education (GenEd) program (35-36 s.h.)  

2.  Community Development (CDEV) major requirements (13 courses with minimum of 39 s.h.)

  • Two (2) Fundamentals courses (6 s.h.):
    • One (1) statistics course chosen from: Mathematics 1013; Sociology 1167; Psychology 1167 or Psychology 1003; or Anthropology/Sociology/Psychology/Political Science 0825
    • One (1) Economics course chosen from: Economics 1001, 1101, or 1102
  • Seven (7) Community Development Core courses (21 s.h.): Community Development 1113; Community Development 2155 OR Community Development 3313; Community & Regional Planning 2524; Community Development 2596; Community Development 3113; Community Development 3197; and Community Development 4889
  • Four (4) Community Development electives from the approved list (12 s.h.)  See list below.

3.  Electives (approximately 49-50 s.h.)

  • Students should consult with their advisor for recommended electives.

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Note: The symbol (F) or (S) after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: (F) = offered only in fall semester; (S) = offered only in spring semester; (FA)/(SA) = offered only in fall/spring of alternate years.

Year 1 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 1113 (F) Introduction to Community Development 3  
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ   
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU  
Elective   Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 3  
Semester Total   17  
 
Year 1 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 2596 (S)* Community Planning Analysis 3 WI
Fundamentals   Statistics course option (see above) 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY   
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Semester Total   15  
* Writing-intensive course for the major.
 
Year 2 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community & Regional Planning 2524 (F) Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology 3 GS
Electives   Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 6  
Semester Total   15  
 
Year 2 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development

Community Development
2155 (SA)
  or
3313 (SA)
Housing and Community Development
     or
Community Development Finance
3  
Fundamentals   Economics course option (see above) 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG 
Semester Total   15-16  
 
Year 3 - Fall 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 3113 (F) Nonprofit Management 3  
Community Development elective   Select from approved list         3  
Electives   Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 9  
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 3 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development elective     Select from approved list 3  
Electives   Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 12  
Semester Total   15  
 
Year 4 - Fall 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 3197 (F)* Community-based Organizations 3 WI
Community Development elective   Select from approved list         3  
Electives   Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 9  
Semester Total    15  
* Writing-intensive course for the major.
 
Year 4 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 4889 (S) Community Development  Workshop 3  
Community Development elective   Select from approved list         3  
Electives Consult with your advisor for suggested options. 10-11  
Semester Total    16-17  
 
Degree Total     124  

 

Suggested Sequence of Required Courses for Students Who Begin the Community Development Major as Juniors

Note: The symbol (F) or (S) after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: (F) = offered only in fall semester; (S) = offered only in spring semester; (FA)/(SA) = offered only in fall/spring of alternate years.

Year 3 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 1113 (F) Introduction to Community Development 3  
Community & Regional Planning 2524 (F) Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
Fundamentals   Statistics course option (see above) 3  
 
Year 3 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 2596 (S)* Community Planning Analysis 3 WI
Community Development

Community Development
2155 (SA)
  or
3313 (SA)
Housing and Community Development
     or
Community Development Finance
3  
Fundamentals   Economics course option (see above) 3  
Community Development elective     Select from approved list 3  
* Writing-intensive course for the major.
 
Year 4 - Fall 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 3113 (F) Nonprofit Management 3  
Community Development 3197 (F)* Community-based Organizations 3 WI
Community Development elective   Select from approved list         3  
* Writing-intensive course for the major.
 
Year 4 - Spring 
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Community Development 4889 (S) Community Development  Workshop 3  
Community Development electives   Select from approved list         6  

 

Community Development Approved Electives List

Subject
Course #
Course Title
Hours
Arts/Material Culture
American Studies
2001
Tourism in America
3
American Studies
2011
The Arts in America
3
American Studies
2012
American Things: Introduction to Material Culture
3
American Studies
2022
Museums and American Culture
3
American Studies
3011
Photography in America
3
Community as Place
American Studies
2021 Philadelphia Neighborhoods 3
American Studies
2051 American Places: Home, City, Region 3
American Studies
3021 Historic Preservation in Philadelphia 3
American Studies
3022 Architecture, Urban Design and American Culture 3
American Studies
3051 American Frontiers 3
Diversity
History/Jewish Studies 3221 Jewish Experience in America 3
Public Health 2203 AIDS and Society 3
Women's Studies 2405 Gay and Lesbian Lives 3
Women's Studies 3259 Women and Poverty 3
Women's Studies 4097 Gender, Race, Class and the City (WI) 3
Economics and Real Estate
Community Development 2155* Housing and Community Development 3
Community Development 3313* Community Development Finance 3
Economics 3512** Public Finance 3
Economics 3547** Economics of Development and Growth 3
Finance 3509** Real Estate Investment and Finance 3
Real Estate 3501 Real Estate Fundamentals 3
Real Estate 3502 Real Estate Practice 3
Organization and Community Management
Adult & Organizational Development 2214 Conflict and Communication 3
Adult & Organizational Development 2215 Mediation: Principles and Practice 3
Adult & Organizational Development 3316 Negotiation Processes 3
Adult & Organizational Development 3376 Facilitating Group Decision-Making 3
Adult & Organizational Development 3396 Organizational Communication (WI) 3
Planning and Sustainability
Community & Regional Planning 2114 Urban Form and Design 3
Community & Regional Planning 2213 Environmental Planning 3
Community & Regional Planning 2251 Sustainable Food Systems Planning 3
Community & Regional Planning 3155 Ecological Planning and Development 3
Community & Regional Planning 3256** Sustainable Community Design and Development 3
Community & Regional Planning 3555 Internet and Digital Technologies for Community Engagement 3
Environmental Studies/Religion 3001 Earth Ethics 3
Social Change
American Studies 2031 Radicalism in the U.S. 3
American Studies 2052 The Class Experience in America 3
American Studies 2071 Immigrant Experiences in America 3
American Studies 3032 Literature and Political Change 3
American Studies 3033 Courtroom in American Society 3
American Studies 3901** Honors Ideal America: Reform, Revolution and Utopia 3
History 3108 Modern American Social History 3
Public Policy
Political Science 2102 American State and Local Politics 3
Political Science 3131 (3196) Urban Politics and Problems (WI) 3
Political Science 3132/4781 Urban Politics / Cooperative Education Project in Political Science III 6
Political Science 3134 The Politics of Inequality 3
Political Science 3153 The Politics of Poverty 3
Urban Crime and Justice
Criminal Justice 2002 Victims in Society 3
Criminal Justice 2201 Criminal Courts and Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice 2696 Planned Change (WI) 3
Criminal Justice 3302 Prisons in America 3
Criminal Justice 3403 Organized Crime 3
Criminal Justice 4002 Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice 4003 Urban Minorities and the Criminal Justice System 3
Criminal Justice 4402 Violence, Crime, and Justice 3
Criminal Justice 4403 Psychology and Criminal Justice 3

Note: This list will be modified periodically by adding appropriate courses and categories and deleting courses no longer offered. In addition, other courses may be added to this list with the approval of the School of Environmental Design academic advisor and the Community & Regional Planning Department Chair.

* May be used as approved Community Development elective if not used as the required Community Development Core course.

** This course has a prerequisite(s).  Visit the Course Catalog at https://www.temple.edu/apply/common/catcheck.asp.

 

Minor in Community Development

Students in the School of Environmental Design (except for Community Development majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community Development.  Community Development as a field embraces both citizen activists and professionals in planned efforts to identify, enhance and create social and physical assets that increase the capacity of residents to improve their quality of life.  Through this minor students undertake formal studies about community development, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens and civically engaged professionals. The minor provides students with stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in planning and other related fields.

In this 18 credit minor, students will learn to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, historic, and cultural dynamics shaping various types of communities.  Courses provide important knowledge, values, and skills necessary for community development work.  The three electives allow students to explore interests in different facets of community development.

A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Community Development toward any other major, minor, or certificate. At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University. Students must complete successfully each of the following courses with a grade of C- or better and a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher for all courses in the minor: 

 

Note: The symbol (F) or (S) after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: (F) = offered only in fall semester; (S) = offered only in spring semester; (FA)/(SA) = offered only in fall/spring of alternate years.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours
Required      
Community Development 1113 (F) Introduction to Community Development 3
       
Select two (2) of the following:  6
Community Development 2155 (SA) Housing and Community Development  
Community Development 2596 (S) Community Planning Analysis (WI)  
Community Development 3113 (F) Nonprofit Management  
Community Development 3197 (F) Community-based Organizations (WI)  
Community Development 3313 (SA) Community Development Finance  
Community & Regional Planning 2524 (F) Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems  
       
Electives   Select three (3) Community & Regional Planning courses numbered
2000-3999 from the list of approved electives for the major in
Community Development
9
Total     18

 

Minor in Community & Regional Planning

Students in the School of Environmental Design (except for Community & Regional Planning majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community and Regional Planning. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about public planning, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens, civically engaged professionals, or ultimately as professional planners. The minor provides students with the background and with stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in planning.

In this 18 credit minor, the required courses provide common background in the basics of planning, including history, theory, comprehensive planning and its components, ethics and principles of planning practice with particular emphasis on citizen participation, and exposure to a range of analytical methods for understanding community planning issues. The four electives allow students to explore interests in different facets of community planning: land use; housing; economic development; transportation; sustainability and environmental planning.

A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Community & Regional Planning toward any other major, minor, or certificate. At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University. Students must complete successfully each of the following courses with a grade of C- or better and a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher for all courses in the minor:

Note: The symbol (F) or (S) after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated: (F) = offered only in fall semester; (S) = offered only in spring semester.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours
Required      
Community & Regional Planning 1017 Introduction to Community & Regional Planning 3
Community Development 2596 (S) Community Planning Analysis (WI)
(formerly, Community & Regional Planning 2513)
3
Electives      
Community & Regional Planning Electives Select four (4) Community & Regional Planning courses numbered 1000-3999
(except Community & Regional Planning 3889)
Note: One of the four electives may be a course from another subject
approved by a School of Environmental Design Advisor.
12
Total     18

 

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