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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Community Development (2001-2002)

Program Description

The Community Development certificate program is designed to meet the needs of students desiring to work in smaller communities by integrating course work in both planning and economic development. Specialized course work in the certificate program focuses on issues related to community development in rural areas. The program culminates in a closely supervised internship experience (11 months) in the management of community devlopment projects.

The Community Development certificate program is closely related to, and integrated with, the Master’s degree programs in Economics and Geography.

Certificate Requirements

  • ECON 460G Urban and Regional Economic Analysis: 3 s.h.
  • ECON 535 Small Community Development: 3 s.h.
  • GEOG 549 Nonmetropolitan Planning: 3 s.h.
  • GEOG 557 Planning Implementation: 3 s.h.
  • Internship (Course name and number specific to department): 6 s.h.
    Note: Internships are a 2-semester experience
    TOTAL: 18 s.h.

Course Descriptions


460G Urban and Regional Economic Analysis. (3) A study of the economics literature on urban and regional economic development theories and techniques. Particular attention is paid to economic policies to stimulate employment and foster income growth. Various measurement techniques for monitoring economic development are examined. Prerequisite: ECON 232.

535 Small Community Development. (3) This course emphasizes the practical knowledge required to deal with non-metropolitan development issues. The emphasis will vary with changes in the development environment. Topics will include economic trends, federal and state resources available to support economic development, and special problems and opportunities in small community development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.


549 Nonmetropolitan Planning. (3) An advanced course on the process of nonmetropolitan planning. Particular emphasis is placed upon planning for smaller communities, and the restrictions that geographic space places on the planning process, especially in the delivery of public services.

557 Planning Implementation. (3) An examination and application of the various instruments that may be used to implement comprehensive or development plans. Topics included are land use regulations, ownership, taxation, and public investment. Particular emphasis is placed upon the preparation of an implementation program for a unit of government within the western Illinois region. Prerequisite: GEOG 448 or its equivalent, or GEOG 548 or 549, or permission of the instructor.

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