Certificate in Community Development
9 Credit Hours
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 as well as vital
technical skills (such as strategic planning, focus group research and
small group dynamics) to address real-world community issues and
problems. Once you have taken all the required classes, you will be
issued a certificate that recognizes your successful completion of the
Note: Students admitted to FHSU for graduate study
may take SOC 679 for graduate level credit by completing additional
- SOC 679 Community Theory and Development (3 credit hours)
- SOC 475 Urban and Rural Sociology (3 credit hours) and/or SOC 436 Social Demography (3 credit hours)
- SOC 670 Grant Proposal Development (3 credit hours) or GSCI 240 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)
*Student must complete SOC 679. They may also
complete SOC 475 and SOC 436. Alternatively, they may complete either
SOC 475 or SOC 436 and one of the other courses listed.
Total Credit Hours: 9
At the present time, the Certificate in Community Development is only available online. For more information, contact Mike Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), who coordinates this certificate program.
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 whole unofficial transcript or at
least the portion 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 email note to the certificate
coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s)
earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.