Certificate in Community Development

Astonishing social and economic change presents urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods and communities with uncertain futures and great challenges. Some urban neighborhoods and rural communities are scrambling to stem population out-migration, while others are dealing with population growth and urban sprawl. Community development is a fast-growing field of employment that addresses the social, physical, and economic revitalization and/or restructuring of a neighborhood or community. The Certificate in Community Development provides you with a base of community theory uniquely offered through the Department of Sociology and Social Work, and vital technical skills (such as strategic planning, focus group research, and small group dynamics) to address real-world community issues and problems.

Required Courses:

SOC 679  Community Theory and Development 3 hours
SOC 475  Rural and Urban Sociology 3 hours
SOC 436  Social Demography 3 hours
And one of the following:  
SOC 670  Grant Proposal Development 3 hours
GSCI 240  Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3 hours

Please note: it is the responsibility of the student to inform the coordinator of the certificate program that he or she has completed the certificate requirements. Your certificate will not be awarded until you have completed the requirements and  informed your coordinator of same. To ensure there is enough time to process your certificate, please inform your coordinator by the 21st day of the semester in which the certificate is to be awarded.

In order to verify certificate completion, the student must go into his/her TigerTracks account, where the unofficial transcript can be found. Simply highlight and copy the portions of the unofficial transcript that lists the courses necessary to meet the certificate requirements. The student may then paste that copied text that is his/her unofficial transcript into an e-mail message to the certificate coordinator. The student’s e-mail note to the coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s) earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.

Contact Information

Mike Walker
Fort Hays State University
Custer Hall 300
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: (785) 628-5563
Email: mwalker@fhsu.edu
Web: Sociology

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