Community-Centered Design B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Driven by an overarching question: “How can we design for a better tomorrow?” the Community-Centered Design major helps students learn about creative collaboration and design processes by which we understand complex issues and develop, implement, and share new ideas. Focused on sustainable and responsible solutions for real-world communities, this program places equal emphasis on theory, critical thinking, reflection, creativity, empathy, and working effectively with others, including community members and professionals in different fields. In addition to learning about general design theories, skills, and contexts, students customize their education by picking a concentration in Applied Design or Relational Design. Upon graduation, Community-Centered Design graduates are process experts ready to design a better tomorrow—a resilient and responsible tomorrow—together with local and global communities.

The Applied Design concentration emphasizes design processes needed to create tangible output; built or material products; simulations, interfaces or experiences that address the needs of the user; a person or a community. Tracks include (a) Communication Design, and (b) Green Design

The Relational Design concentration emphasizes design processes related to understanding and interacting with stakeholders, and creating within the complex relationships among people, across communities, and within systems. Tracks include (a) Community Resilience, Advocacy & Social Change and (b) Project Leadership, Management &Planning.

CDAE Core Requirements

CDAE 002D2:SU:World Food,Pop & Develop3
CDAE 024Fund of Public Communication3
CDAE 061SU:Principles of Comm Dev Econ3
CDAE 102Sustainable Community Dev3
CDAE 127Consumer,Markets&Public Policy3
CDAE 250Applied Research Methods0 or 4

Community-Centered Design Major Requirements

CDAE 040Small Group Communication3
CDAE 060Design Innovation I3
CDAE 160Design Innovation II3
One additional 200 level design course3
Choice of Three-Credit Capstone Experience Options:
Sust. Development Travel Study
Internship
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
CDAE 200-level Service-Learning Course

Community-Centered Design Concentration

Choose either Applied Design or Relational Design. Then, within your choice you will choose one Track within that Concentration. 

 Concentration Requirements: Applied Design

Applied Design Concentration Tracks - Requirements: choose 9 courses (27 credits) from one of the following tracks:
Track 1. Communication Design
Visual Communication
Communication Design I
Communication Design II
Digital Illustration
Design:Narrative Media & Video
Social Media:Theory 2 Practice
Doc. Film for Social Change
Community Media Production
Design+Cultural Entreprneurshp
SU:Marketing:Com Entrepreneurs
Sust. Development Travel Study
Socially Responsible Marketing
Internship
Internship
Applied Computer Graphics
Community Design Studio
Special Topics (when the topic is Publication Design)
QR: Advanced Web Design
QR: Database Design for Web
Track 2. Green Design
Drafting & Design in SketchUp
Energy Alternatives
Drafting & Design: SketchUp II
Green Building Energy Systems
Community&Int'l Econ Transform
Sust. Development Travel Study
Community Develpmt:St Lucia I
Economics of Sustainability
Project Development & Planning
Community Design Studio
Applied Community Planning
Internship
Internship
Home & Garden Horticulture
Garden Flowers
Woody Landscape Plants
Landscape Design Fundamentals
Permaculture
Ecological Landscape Design
Geospatial Cncpt&Visualization
Intro to Geog Info Systems

Concentration Requirements: Relational Design

Relational Design Concentration - Requirements: choose 9 courses (27 credits) from one of the following tracks:
Track 1. Community Resilience, Advocacy & Social Change
Activist Journalism
Doc. Film for Social Change
Media-Policy-Action
Crisis Communication
Community Media Production
Consumer Law and Policy
Consumer Law in Action I
Sust. Development Travel Study
Socially Responsible Marketing
Internship
Internship
Rural Comm in Modern Society
Consumer Law in Action II
Smart Resilient Communities
Local Community Initiatives
Community Design Studio
Argument & Advocacy
Citizen Advocacy & Debate
Track 2. Project Leadership, Management & Planning
D1:US Food, Social Equity &Dev
Event Planning for Athletics
Leadership in Practice
Crisis Communication
Intro to Comm Entrepreneurship
Sust. Development Travel Study
Community Develpmt:St Lucia I
Internship
Internship
Community Org & Development
Economics of Sustainability
Dec Making:Comm Entrepreneurs
Strat Plan:Comm Entrepreneurs
Local Community Initiatives
Int'l Economic Development
Project Development & Planning
Community Design Studio
Applied Community Planning
Adv Sust Dev Sm Island States
Intro Cont Public Affairs