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Community Development

A minor in community development at North Dakota State University provides a program of study for students interested in complementing their major with community development skills. Any major can be complemented with community development training, particularly agricultural economics, agriculture, business administration, communication, economics, education, political science, psychology or sociology. 

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The Program

The community development minor is an applied, multidisciplinary minor consisting of 18 credits that expose students to both academic and experiential aspects of community and economic development. The minor includes a core of community development course work and elective course work in three areas related to community and economic development—economics, business administration and social science. 

The Purpose

The purpose of the minor is to prepare students to (1) integrate community development concepts into their own occupations and academic majors; (2) recognize the relationships of social, economic and demographic change on community viability and sustainability; and (3) take a more active role in the affairs of their own communities. 

Internship Program

Internships are recommended and may be arranged with Gary Goreham (Department of Sociology and Anthropology), Robert Hearne (Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics) or Joseph M. Jones (College of Business). Internships can be taken in a variety of settings, such as public community and economic development agencies at the state, county or local level; private for-profit development corporations; or non-profit organizations. 

Community Development Minor Requirements

Required Courses


SOC 404

Community Assessment


SOC 405

Community Development


Economic Electives – Select at least one course from the following: (3 credits)

AGEC 220

World Agricultural Development

AGEC 350



Principles of Real Estate



ECON 341

Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 461

Economic Development

ECON 470

Public Economics

ECON 472

International Trade

ECON 481

Natural Resource Economics

Business Administration Electives – Select at least one course from the following: (3 credits)

ACCT 102

Fundamentals of Accounting

ACCT 200

Elements of Accounting I

ACCT 201

Elements of Accounting II

BUSN 430

Legal and Social Environment of Business

BUSN 431

Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts

BUSN 432

Business Law II-Business Organization and Commercial Transactions

BUSN 487

Managerial Economics

FIN 320

Principles of Finance

FIN 410

Investment Analysis and Management

FIN 430

Management of Financial Institutions

MGMT 301

Management for Non-Business Majors

MGMT 430

Leadership in Organizations

MGMT 453

Understanding and Managing Diversity in Organizations

MGMT 470

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management

MGMT 471

Leading the Nonprofit Organization

MRKT 301

Marketing for Non-Business Majors

MRKT 450

Marketing Research

Social Science Electives – Select at least one course from the following: (3 credits)

COMM 200

Introduction to Media Writing

COMM 472

Public Relations Campaigns

EMGT 101

Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes

EMGT 264

Disaster Recovery

EMGT 461

Business Continuity and Crisis Management

GEOG 455

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

POLS 360

Principles of Public Administration

SOC 431

Environmental Sociology

SOC 439

Social Change

SOC 465

Applied Demographics


ECON 196

Field Experience (or 296, 396, 496; no more than 3 credits)


ECON 199

Special Topics (or 299, 399, 499; no more than 3 credits)

Select one additional course from the above categories


Total Credits


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Contact Information

Sociology and Anthropology

NDSU Dept 2350,
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108 - 6050
DEPT PHONE: (701) 231-8657

Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
North Dakota State University
Barry Hall 636
Dept #7610, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-6494 / Fax: (701) 231-7400

Department of Business Administration
North Dakota State University
Barry Hall 320
Dept #2400, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108 - 6050

Tel. (701) 231-7690 / Fax: (701) 231-7508

Office of Admission
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Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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