“Northland College aims, by academic excellence and sustainable practice, to lead the way to a world where integrated natural communities can thrive together indefinitely.”
The Sustainable Community Development major is designed for students who are interested in the interdependence of environmental, economic, and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective community change agents. Sustainable Community Development offers courses in a wide range of areas including the theory and practice of Sustainable Community Development, community-building, co-operative economies, globalization, and social enterprises and leadership for Sustainable Community Development.
Students and faculty study the relationships among theory, practice, values, social and institutional structures, and various socio-environmental change processes. The program is designed to integrate knowledge gained in an academic setting with learning acquired through volunteer work, personal experience, internships, the programs of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, and the experiences of regional community members. Central to this curriculum is the development of the whole person-a process that emphasizes social values, creativity, and the recognition that community involvement is necessary for individual growth and the enrichment of our society.
Sustainable Community Development majors prepare for careers in diverse areas such as government service, environmental consulting, urban & rural land-use planning, economic development, community development, and Director of Sustainability positions in both the public and private sector.