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Core Requirements

Required Core Curriculum (as of Fall 2013)
(46 credits)

Note: Students who have already completed coursework in the major before Fall 2013 should meet with the Community Development Student Advisor to ensure a smooth transition to the new requirements.


Community Development Core (12 credits)
The Community Development program begins with a three-term colloquium typically taken during the junior year:

  • USP 300 Introduction to Urban Studies (4 credits)
  • USP 301 Introduction to Community Development (4 credits)
  • USP 302 Theory and Philosophy of Community Development
    [Prerequisite: USP 301; or, by permission of instructor] (4 credits)

Areas of Community Development (12 credits)
Students will then move on to three courses that introduce major themes in community development.

  • USP 312U Urban Housing and Development (4 credits)
  • USP 313U Urban Environmental Issues (4 credits)
  • USP 316 Community Organizing and Social Change (4 credits)

Methods in Community Development (16 credits)
Students are required to enroll in the following 4 methods courses. These courses are designed to provide students with a basic set of skills and tools they will need to perform community development work in the real world. Students should complete the Community Development Core (USP 300/301/302) before enrolling in the methods courses.

  • USP 350U Concepts of Citizen Participation (4 credits)
  • USP 430 Participatory Research Methods for Community Development (4 credits)
  • USP 440 Measuring People and Communities in the Urban Context (4 credits)
  • USP 452 GIS for Community Development (4 credits)

Practice in Community Development (6 credits)
An essential part of the major is gaining experience in the practice of community development. Students can fulfill this 6 credit requirement by: (1) enrolling in a Community Development Field Seminar; (2) organizing an Internship that is approved by their faculty advisor; (3) organizing a practicum with other students and a faculty advisor; or, (4) enroll in field seminar or practice-oriented class in another department that is approved by the Undergraduate Executive Committee. Students are encouraged to take at least one course from Methods in Community Development before enrolling in USP 403 or starting an internship.

  • USP 460 Community Development Field Seminar (6 credits)
  • Internship Option (6 credits)

Elective Pathways (12credits)
Students must take 12 credits of electives (8 of which must be from USP courses). It is recommended that students organize their elective courses from around areas of community development they are interested in pursuing further - what we refer to as a "pathway". Pathways are self-designed in coordination with faculty advisors.

USP Elective Courses:

  • USP 311U Introduction to Urban Planning (4 cr)
  • USP 314 The City in Film (4 cr) (Offered every other year)
  • USP 317U Introduction to International Community Development (4 cr)
  • USP 324U Healthy Communities (4 cr)
  • USP 325U Community and the Built Environment (4 cr)
  • USP 326U Neighborhood Conservation and Change (4 cr)
  • USP/FIN 360 Real Estate Finance I (3 cr)
  • USP 385U History of American Cities (4 cr)
  • USP 386U Portland Past and Present (4 cr)
  • USP 419 Population and Society (4 cr)
  • USP 423 Real Estate Development and Finance (4 cr)
  • USP 427 Downtown Revitalization (3 cr)
  • USP 429 Poverty in the Urban Community (3 cr)
  • USP 451 Community Economic Development (3 cr)
  • USP 455 Land Use: Legal Aspects (3 cr)
  • USP 456 Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies (3 cr)
  • USP 457 Information Cities (3 cr) (Offered every other year)
  • USP 468 Oregon Land Use Law (3 cr)
  • USP 480 Political Economy of Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr)
  • USP 490 Green Economics and Sustainable Development (3 cr)
  • USP 233 Real Estate Principles (3 cr)
  • RE 360 Real Estate Finance I (4 cr)
  • USP/EC 431 Urban Economics (4 cr)
  • USP/RE 438 Real Estate Law (3 cr)
  • RE 439 Real Estate Valuation I (3 cr)
  • RE 459 Advanced Real Estate Valuation (3 cr)

Total Requirements for Majors
(58 credits)