What is Community Development?
Community development is recognized by leading industry organizations as a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, equality, economic opportunity and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings (as adopted by IACD, CDS and NACDEP).
Kansas State University's community development programs are designed for individuals who want to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change.
K-State offers two online academic programs in community development:
The programs are offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). The programs are taught by top faculty at five different institutions in the Great Plains IDEA.
Careers in Community Development
The program serves community leaders, practitioners and those committed to people and places in fields such as:
- community and regional planning
- economic development and entrepreneurship
- community health and wellness
- anti-poverty programs
- cooperative extension
- housing and infrastructure
- non-profit organizations
- parks and recreation
- natural resource management
- public administration
- applied sociology
- tribal, immigrant, refugee and youth programs