Feb 26, 2024  

Sociology, Emphasis in Community and International Development

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Community & International Development — 45

(27 credits must be selected from courses numbered 300 or above)

Community development workers perform a wide array of tasks that enable communities at the local or international level to change and improve various aspects in the lives of their residents. They work in different settings such as inner city agencies, service-learning organizations, community service organizations, community advocacy groups, etc. Additionally community development workers could work overseas in international relief and development agencies as well as for church-based mission

Students qualify for entry into the BS CID when they:

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • Receive grades of C or better in all required program prerequisite and cognate courses

Field Experience:

Students are required to complete a 200-hour internship: 2 credits of SOCI 480  or, for double majors with the BSW, SOWK 435  plus 1 credit of SOCI 480  (to the BSW internship add 100 hours of CID activities). Internships are normally completed during the senior year.


A reading knowledge of a foreign language is strongly recommended for those planning on graduate work. It is expected that all majors will attend at least one professional conference before graduation.


Completion of this emphasis prepares a student for Advanced Standing in the Master of Science in Community & International Development (MSCID) program, which allows students to finish the degree in one year instead of the usual two.

Computer Policy

In the behavioral sciences, the computer is an indispensible tool for collecting and working with data, accessing scientific reports, and for writing and critical thinking. As a result, the Department of Behavioral Sciences requires students to have a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum; this computer must be purchased by the student’s second year in the program or the semester of the first research class, whichever is earlier. Students are responsible for maintaining their computer with the required software appropriate for the courses that they are enrolled in as they progress through the curriculum. A list of required software and minimum specifications that a laptop must meet is available in the Department of Behavioral Sciences office; use of the computer varies by course.

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