Sustainable Community Development (BS)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted: Dec. 21, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


In the Sustainable Community Development major, students can explore a variety of perspectives on creating a more sustainable world through planning and design. The planning and design of a sustainable world is complex, and this major offers students the opportunity to prepare academically to deal with this complexity by drawing on a variety of disciplinary fields and working at a range of scales.

Students will become familiar with the theories and techniques for creating sustainable communities, conserving the environment, and responding to other social, cultural, economic and political challenges of the built environment. Perhaps most important, students will gain experience in knowing how to facilitate and lead change in communities.

Students with this degree are well qualified for positions with non-profit organizations and community development agencies, municipalities, and private firms specializing in site, municipal and regional level work. Students are also well placed to go on to graduate school at UMass, either in the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program or the accelerated Masters in Regional Planning (MRP), or to other programs and other universities.

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