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Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015 at noon, the RWU Colleague system will be unavailable for a short time due to system upgrades. This will mean that you will not be able to register online, access your grades, request transcripts, etc. until the system is reactivated. We anticipate that the Colleague system will be available again by May 11, 2015. We will notify you when the system upgrade is complete and access is restored.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Community Development

 This concentration is designed for practitioners in community development to upgrade their skills and enhance their professional expertise, or for those wishing to enter the field of community development or a related area. Total Major Credits (24 credits)

Required Courses (15 credits)

PA 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development
PA 350 Housing and Development Skills
PA 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development
PA 352 Non-Profit Management      
PA 440 Public Administration Practicum

(The practicum may be satisfied through either the documentation of community development employment experience or through learning experiences acquired by placement. Since the program was designed in partnership with the Housing Network of Rhode Island, students are expected to satisfy the requirements of the internship with the Housing Network or an affiliated community development organization.)

Major Electives (9 credits)
Select three courses from the areas of leadership and non-profit management, housing, planning and development skills, and community economic and social development, with advisor approval.

Core Curriculum (30 credits)
Includes two writing courses (including Expository Writing or the equivalent); a Mathematics skills course; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science, and speech; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Electives (66 credits)

Total Credits required to graduate (120 credits)