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Community Development and Organizing Minor


The minor in community development provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge that enhances their understanding and vision of a strong civil society, one that is engaged and participatory. The required curriculum includes hands-on, community-based learning experiences to initiate the students’ professional development in an applied setting. Students learn about the relevance and role of community and personal empowerment in response to population needs. The practicum model is designed with a broad educative focus meant to provide students not only with skills and techniques, but also opportunities for inquiry, for trying and testing new ideas within collaborative relationships and for engaging community development in new ways. 

The practical experience that will be gained is arguably one of the most valuable features of this minor. In addition, the practicum course, SOC/ANTH/PSYC 440/4203, fulfills one of the capstone-level requirements for the Core Curriculum. In particular, the course is open to any major, so it can easily fulfill the requirement that at least one of the capstone courses be outside of one’s major.

Academic advising will be provided to minors through the Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology units. Students need to consult the academic adviser in the SAPE department in order to declare community development and organizing as a minor.

For more information, contact the adviser, Helen Rizzo, at

Course requirements: 15 credits, including the following:

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • SOC/ANTH/PSYC 240/2201 - Introduction to Community Development (3 cr.)
  • SOC/ANTH/PSYC 340/3202 - Participatory Action Research in Community Settings (3 cr.)
  • SOC/ANTH/PSYC 440/4203 - Practicum in Community Development (3 cr.)

Electives (6 credits) two of the following:

  • ANTH/SOC 303/3020 - Social Movements (3 cr.)
  • ANTH/SOC 370/3085 - Environmental Issues in Egypt (3 cr.)
  • ANTH 372/3090 - Public Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH 380/3105 - Fieldwork Methods (3 cr.)
  • ANTH/SOC 450/4050 - Third World Development (3 cr.)
  • ANTH/SOC/POLS 460/4560 - Development Studies Seminar (3 cr.)
  • SOC 203/2301 - Social Problems of the Middle East (3 cr.)
  • SOC 307/3304 - Social Class and Inequality (3 cr.)
  • SOC 304/3025 - Development Agencies (3 cr.)
  • SOC 435/4040 - Gender and Power in Development (3 cr.)
  • PSYC 330/3003 - Community Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSYC 430/4063 - Advanced Community Psychology (3 cr.)

Contact Information
Andrea Emanuel
Assistant Professor
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall (HUSS), Room 2058
tel 2615.1817