Whether you aspire to be an activist, planner, or advocate, the sustainable community development (SCD) program presents you with the toolbox to create effective community change. Our SCD major is one of the first of its kind in the nation and has been designed with Northland College’s commitment to environmental and social justice at its core. Through an interdisciplinary approach we examine the pillars of sustainability—environmental, cultural, social, and economic—in a comprehensive and holistic manner, melding the concepts of community organizing, rural and urban planning, local and international economic development.
Innovative interdisciplinary and studio courses introduce you to the theory and practice of sustainable community development in rural, urban and global contexts. Outside of the classroom you’ll have the opportunity to apply theory, acquire additional skills, and gain work and research experience through volunteering, internships, study-abroad opportunities, and engagement with our Center for Rural Communities.